Google regularly rolls out new device types to the Google Assistant device developers page. More rarely they accidentally publish details of their confidential Early Access Program (EAP) that allows developer access to device control trails ahead of the public release. Earlier this year we saw such a leak where the existence of Door Bells and Stylers (clothes steams) were accidentally leaked. Overnight we saw GAMECONSOLE join the list of EAP leaks.

Unfortunately, we were only able to capture the text of the information as it was only up for a few hours and well, we were all asleep. However, we can confirm that Google is working on integrating Google Assistant with Game Consoles including commands for:

  • Turning the console on and off
  • Opening Games
  • Starting Apps (eg Netflix)
  • General control of the console, volume etc

With both Microsoft and Sony working on next gen Gaming Consoles, and specifically Sony being a long term Android and Assistant partner it’s quite likely that one or both of the next gen hardware may launch with the native ability for the Google Assistant to control them. That, of course, is a bit of speculation based on a leaked early access developers page, so we guess you may need to digest that with a little salt.

Here is the full text of what we captured.

Device Device Type Description Recommended Traits
Game console action.devices.types.GAMECONSOLE Interactions with game AppSelector
Clip
GameSelector
MediaState
Modes
OnOff
Toggles
TransportControl
Volume
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MRR
MRR
3 months ago

Yeah people have already brought up that it’s on Xbone (I didn’t know that) and hopefully NOT for PS5… The PS4 already has Voice Recognition Software of its own to do all this, hopefully they continue using THAT on PS5 (screw Google 😂)

AnishP
AnishP
3 months ago

This is already possible on xbox one… Ie current generation.

J
J
3 months ago

You know you can do that with current gen xbox right? I can control my xbox through google assistant right now.

Em
Em
3 months ago

The Xbox One already has this enabled, it’s not a next gen feature likely just putting a name to the device and hopefully giving it more visual controls on the Google Home App/Nest Hubs

Rog3rLC
Rog3rLC
3 months ago

Google integration is already available on xbox consoles though. I can ask my google home to turn on, off, volume up/down and launch games and apps on the xbox. I’m sure it’ll come to next gen consoles too

Adam
Adam
3 months ago

You’ve been able to at least control the Xbox One via Google Assistant in Oz for like a year now, not sure about PS though. You can say “Hey Google, turn on Xbox” and it will turn it on, along with telling it to open Netflix, even works on game names etc.

Anthrox
Anthrox
3 months ago
Last edited 3 months ago by Anthrox