Google's Project Stream: Chrome becomes testbed for game streaming services

Google's Project Stream lets you play Assassin's Creed Odyssey in Chrome

Google's Project Stream Wants to Make Game Streaming Awesome

'The idea of streaming such graphically-rich content that requires near-instant interaction between the game controller and the graphics on the screen poses a number of challenges, ' it revealed.

'We've partnered with one of the most innovative and successful video game publishers, Ubisoft, to stream their soon-to-be released Assassin's Creed Odyssey to your Chrome browser on a laptop or desktop, ' explains product manager Catherine Hsiao of the project.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey does quite a few things differently, but the major difference to other games is the brand new "Exploration Mode".

Of course, latency is a more major concern in game streaming than it is in music and video. The game is officially available on October 5 and it will be playable through Chrome with Project Stream.

In our review of Assassin's Creed Odyssey, we called the game "Amazing" saying, "While there are definite rough edges, Odyssey sets a new bar for Assassin's Creed games and holds its own in the eternal debate over the best open-world roleplaying games ever". A limited beta test will kick off on October 5, and will allow participants to stream the full version of Assassin's Creed Odyssey completely free. Like Nvidia's GeForce Now, the Google service would offload the work of rendering graphics to beefy computers elsewhere, allowing even the cheapest PCs to play high-end games. The new video game streaming service is created to run high-end PC games on the Google Chrome browser. In order to access Project Stream you need to be residing in the U.S. and have a 25Mbps connection along with a computer running Windows, macOS, Chrome OS, or Linux.

To have a chance at being selected to participate in the project, you'll have to sign up for Project Stream via the project's website.

The biggest advantage of streaming, as opposed to physical discs or downloads, is that it removes hardware barriers for games.

It was rumored several years ago that YouTube may be seeking the purchase of rival Twitch, a dedicated live stream platform.

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