VentureBeat recently published an article reporting PSVR creator, Richard Marks departure from Sony, to work for Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects department.
Head of PlayStation Magic, the division responsible for the creation of both the PlayStation Move and more recently, the PlayStation VR headset peripheral, Ricard Marks has left Sony for a new opportunity over at Google. Details surrounding the specifics of Marks new role within Google are scarce, however, a statement from the company to the website, UploadVR, did shed some light in terms of where Marks would be placed, with a spokesman for the company stating, “ATAP is at the intersection of science and application where our goal is to solve significant problems and close the gap between what if and what is. We’re super excited about Richard joining the senior team and look forward to his contributions.”
Interestingly enough, Marks isn’t the only ex-Sony employee to defect to Google, with the company recently hiring Phil Harrison, Sony’s former head of game research and development for worldwide studios and Jack Buser, the man behind PlayStation Home, Sony’s now-defunct but once popular, online social space for PlayStation 3 players. Additionally, it has been speculated that Google plans on introducing their very own video game system to contest against the likes of both Sony and Microsoft.
Rumours suggest that Google’s alleged console, codenamed Yeti, will be a cloud-based affair, not dissimilar to what Microsoft plans to do, going forward with the Xbox brand and its subscription service. In the past, streaming services, especially for games have been rather hit or miss, with massive flops with services such as On-Live, and even Microsoft having to back-paddle on their decision to make the Xbox One an always-on device.
The prospect of an always-connected service or console is only becoming something that is more widely accepted and feasible without major latency issues. In recent years, with the success of Sony’s PlayStation streaming service, Nvidia’s own equivalent for PC games, known as GeForce Now, and even Nintendo of Japan’s exclusive Resident Evil 7 Cloud version for the Switch, the landscape has changed enough where Google introducing a cloud-based competitor to more traditional consoles would make sense.
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