Google Chrome cloud gaming set to rival OnLive?

Video game streaming and gamepad support might be headed Chrome's way

Google Chrome could be set to morph into a glorious gaming beast, with Google planning to support OnLive-style cloud gaming and peripherals like gamepads on the browser.

The hints and rumours – gathered by Edge, who dug up the tasty details from a Google developer advocate – suggest that Google is working on tech to support such a gaming service and not the service itself. So what looks more likely for early 2012 is an update that makes the browser compatible with peripherals like microphones, webcams and games controllers – that could play nice with augmented reality gaming – without the need for pesky plug-ins.

Meanwhile in the Chrome rumour mill, we can also look forward to an open source, in-browser video chat app too. Firefox better watch its tail.

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