Google Chrome has received a of significant upgrades since it initially hit the browser scene a couple years ago. It is now a robust browser offering, and Google is now looking to expand its capabilities beyond what is usually expected from a web browser.
Google developer advocate Paul Kinlan took the stage at Develop Liverpool and revealed that native game controller support is coming to Chrome in 2012. Once the support is integrated it will allow plug-and-play gamepads to be used for any supported platforms, including streaming gaming service like OnLive.
Html5 and recent integration of robust WebGL support put Google in a strong position to push internet gaming as a viable rival to other Flash-based offerings. Forthcoming updates are also set to introduce support for WebRTC, an open-source, plugin-free video chat interface.