It was rumored earlier this year that Google was developing a game streaming service of its own and those rumors seem to be true. The company today announced Project Stream. It’s calling it a “technical test” to ascertain just how well streaming games to the Chrome browser works. It has teamed up with Ubisoft to stream its upcoming Assassin’s Creed Odyssey game as part of this test.
This technology will form the building block for the rumored game streaming service, at least the test confirms this much. Starting October 5th, a limited number of participants will be allowed to play the latest Assassin’s Creed title at no charge for the duration of the Project Stream test.
This will be no easy feat as streaming such graphically-rich content which requires almost instant interaction between the game controller and the graphics on the screen presents a set of unique challenges. Consumers are fine with a few seconds of buffering at the start when they’re streaming TV shows or movies but that’s not the case with high quality games which require latency measured in milliseconds with no graphic degradation.
There are limited spaces available for Project Stream. Those who are interested will be able to apply on the dedicated website for this test. It’s aimed at people with home internet connections of 25 megabits per second. Those who are interested are required to be 17 years or older and based in the United States.