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


The company is, however, going to allow a select few to partake in its testing and will allow them to play the game, starting October 5, for free in their browser at 1080p, 60fps.

Google has already started sign-ups for Project Stream to participate in the tests to stream Assassin's Creed Odyssey to directly to the desktop. "Google's Project Stream, the Ubisoft Platform Infrastructure, and the efforts of other companies will help unlock that potential and break down barriers that once prevented many from playing and enjoying our games".

Assassin's Creed Odyssey is now available to those who have pre-ordered the Collector's Edition and Ubisoft has detailed its day-1 patch. Project Stream's test program kicks off on October 5, which is also Odyssey's official launch date.

Google spends the rest of its announcement blog post detailing the difficulties in streaming interactive content at such fidelity (i.e. a blockbuster video game) with the near-zero latency required for interactivity.

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Google is looking to tackle various issues that arise from streaming services, such as buffering and visual anomalies including graphical degradation.

The biggest advantage of streaming, as opposed to physical discs or downloads, is that it removes hardware barriers for games. You'll need a home internet connection capable of reaching speeds of at least 25 Mbps, and testers need to be 17 years old or older. While the idea and objective of Project Stream might sound simple, Project Stream is still quite a technical endeavor. It could also work with Google Chromecast.

Improvements in internet bandwidth, computing power and data storage capabilities are enabling "disruptive technologies" such as streaming which have the potential to change the way games are created as well as played, according to Ubisoft.