YouTube Working on 'Playables' Gaming Service

YouTube appears to be developing a new gaming service called "Playables," according to The Wall Street Journal. The service allows users to play games on mobile devices or desktop computers, and it is being tested with Google employees internally.

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Playables appears to offer instant-play games through the YouTube website or YouTube mobile apps, offering an alternative to video content. In a statement, a YouTube spokesperson told The Wall Street Journal that "gaming has long been a focus at YouTube" and that the company is "always experimenting with new features," but the spokesperson declined to comment specifically on Playables.

Google previously had the Stadia cloud gaming service, but announced plans to shut it down last September. Google said that the service was not able to gain the traction that Google had been expecting, and Stadia was officially shuttered in January 2023.

Playables does not offer the same cloud based gaming as Stadia, focusing on simple games rather than console titles. One of the available games is Stack Bounce, an arcade game where players smash bricks with a ball.

There is no word on when Playables could see a public launch.

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Top Rated Comments

ignatius345 Avatar
14 weeks ago
They should also announce when they're planning on killing this service.
Score: 38 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Brad7 Avatar
14 weeks ago
I miss the old YouTube. At some point they felt the heat from IG and TikTok, and today it’s filled with clickbait nonsense.

Last week I got tired of it all and deleted my entire YouTube account.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Sai Zelion Avatar
14 weeks ago
Also the Google Headstone department has started sharping their chisels lol
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
com.B Avatar
14 weeks ago
No developer is going to publish on this, after being screwed over by the Stadia shutdown.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Apple Knowledge Navigator Avatar
14 weeks ago
Typical Google, throw sh… chocolate ice cream at a wall and see what sticks.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Spaceboi Scaphandre Avatar
14 weeks ago
Stadia 2: Electric Boogaloo lets goooooooooooo!
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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