Google is at the forefront of everything, from information to videos to email to pictures, and video games are no different. Recently, Google seems to have been testing a new search interface specifically for video games. This new interface will include various tabs, all dedicated to enhancing the search information for the average gamer.
As you can see below, the tabs allow users to see an Overview, Gameplay from the game in questions, Reviews, Songs, Videos, Weapons, Characters and many more. As this is just a test, it’s hard to say if this will be personalised for each game or not. For instance, a weapons tab wouldn’t be very useful when looking up Animal Crossing. Unless the racoon is after you…
Unfortunately, there is almost no information on this, as the screen shot above was shared on Reddit and appears to have been leaked. Still, this change is interesting enough to warrant discussion on how things will change now. Everything is up to Google, as they can choose to include information from other sites or provide it themselves.
With the upcoming Google Stadia set to launch in November, many speculate that Google could be redesigning video game search results in preparation for said launch. While it certainly seems on theme, there is no confirmation that this is the case. Although, one can only imagine the kind of viral marketing Google could do with this redesign, aimed at getting people to buy their very own Stadia.
To briefly circle back, should all the information be provided by Google and used as secondary marketing for the Stadia, this could actually provide less information than regular Googling of a game. However, should Google support gaming websites by directing more traffic to them through this redesign, this could really bring gaming information forward. The rest remains to be seen.