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