Google appears to be preparing for the release of its new Stadia gaming platform after testing a new-look search results page for video game queries.
Users spotted the new interface over the weekend, and it includes a fresh UI with a sidebar and tabs covering the different aspects of a video game.
The screenshot of the tweaked interface shared on Reddit on Monday shows the search query ‘halo infinite’ and Google’s results page with the sidebar and information for components such as ‘gameplay’, ‘weapons’, ‘guides’, ‘reviews, ‘characters’ and ‘songs’.
Halo Infinite is an upcoming release on Microsoft’s current Xbox One console and its next-generation device, which is set to arrive sometime in 2020.
Reports have stated that the search result that was shared on Reddit cannot be replicated at this time, even with a ‘halo infinite’ query, or the name of another popular game.
This suggests that a full rollout is not planned at the moment.
Websites creating gaming content would benefit from the new-look interface, especially if Google directs users to specific webpages to find more information, rather than just including it in the search results.
Whether the interface will launch soon remains to be seen, but it has been suggested that Google may be testing updated gaming info to support the release of its own cloud gaming service, Stadia, which is set to launch in November this year.
Stadia will allow users to play a number of big third-party video game releases, including Borderlands 3, Doom Eternal and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, so releasing a new search interface would make sense.