Earlier this yr, we heard rumors that Google was engaged on a game-streaming service. It seems to be like these rumors have been true. The corporate at the moment unveiled “Project Stream,” and whereas Google calls this a “technical check” to see how properly recreation streaming to Chrome works, it’s clear that that is the foundational expertise for a game-streaming service.
To sweeten the pot, Google is launching this check in partnership with Ubisoft and giving a restricted variety of gamers free entry to Assassin’s Creed Odyssey in the course of the check. You possibly can sign up for the test now; beginning on October 5, Google will invite a restricted variety of contributors to play the sport free of charge in Chrome.
As Google notes, the workforce needed to work with a AAA title as a result of that’s clearly much more of a problem than working with a much less graphics-intense recreation. And for any game-streaming service to be playable, the latency needs to be minimal and the graphics can’t be worse than on an area machine. “When streaming TV or films, customers are comfy with a number of seconds of buffering in the beginning, however streaming high-quality video games requires latency measured in milliseconds, with no graphics degradation,” the corporate notes in at the moment’s announcement.
If you wish to take part, although, you’ll should be quick. Google is simply taking a restricted variety of testers. Your web connection has to have the ability to deal with 25 megabits per second and it’s essential to stay within the U.S. and be older than 17 to take part. You’ll additionally want both a Ubisoft and Google account. The service will assist wired PlayStation and Xbox One and 360 controllers, although you possibly can clearly additionally play along with your mouse and keyboard.
Whereas it stays to be seen if Google plans to increase this check and switch it right into a full-blown paid service, it’s clear that it’s engaged on the expertise to make this occur. And chances are high Google wouldn’t pour assets into this if it didn’t have plans to commercialize its expertise.