In June a rumor surfaced that Google was planning its video game platform. Now the first official details of this initiative have emerged, with Google announcing Project Stream.
Project Stream is, according to Google, “a technical test to solve some of the biggest challenges of streaming”. To push technology to the limits, Google has teamed up with Ubisoft to stream Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, one of the most demanding games today.
In other words, you can play Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey via Google’s Chrome browser on your desktop or laptop PC. Trials will start on October 5th, the game’s launch day, but the number of participants will be limited. Furthermore, it will be limited to the United States.
If you happen to be living in the United States and are interested in registering for the test, you can register here.
Google says the challenge of streaming a game like this is in the latency and graphics quality, explaining that the latency has to be in the order of milliseconds so it’s not noticeable and there can’t be graphics degradation.
There are several publishers who have said that the future of video games is in streaming. With Google, one of the largest technology companies in the world, making efforts in this direction, this future may be closer than we anticipated.