Monday, 22 October, 2018

Google announces "Project Stream"-a "test" of game streaming in Chrome"

Google's Project Stream lets you play Assassin's Creed Odyssey in Chrome Google's Project Stream Wants to Make Game Streaming Awesome
Jeannette Daniel | 02 October, 2018, 14:17

Google is collaborating with the French video game colossus to use a new installment in the hit "Assassin's Creed" franchise to test the ability of Project Stream technology to provide the kind of quick, seamless play powered by in-home consoles as an online service.

A Google logo in an office building in Zurich September 5, 2018.

Initially, Project Stream will only let users play the upcoming Assassin's Creed Odyssey - interestingly, though, players will do so entirely through the Chrome browser; it sounds like there won't be a need to install any third-party clients.

The selected users can play the game starting October 5 at no charge for the duration of the Project Stream test.


Streaming video games is yet another cool trend of 2018. That means that, in theory, you can play it from any computer, no matter how powerful, as long as you have the Chrome browser installed.

The company stated that there were a number of technical challenges involved in streaming a game to a browser, including minimising latency between user inputs and on-screen graphics. However, you must have an internet connection of 25 Mb/s or above to be eligible. The Project Stream test will work on Windows, macOS, ChromeOS, and Linux, and supports wired USB controllers and external mice. Though spots to join the Project Stream trial are limited, those who qualify and are selected will be able to play the game for free for a limited time.

News of the potential return for multiplayer was revealed during an interview between Game Informer and Ubisoft CCO Serge Hascoet. "Only a select few will be participating in Project Stream, but everyone can experience the journey of either Alexios or Kassandra when Assassin's Creed Odyssey launches October 5 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC".

This won't be the only version of Assassin's Creed Odyssey available via a streaming service. Google understands that streaming games is an entirely different beast than streaming TV shows or movies, as even an instant of lag can cause the player to open the wrong menu or walk off the side of a cliff.

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