[Update: Test over] Google’s Project Stream lets you play high-end games in Google Chrome
Streaming video games is yet another cool trend of 2018. We’ve seen big-name services like NVIDIA GeForce and PlayStation Now do it, and now it looks like Google is trying to get into that business with Project Stream. Starting October 5th, some lucky people can test playing Assassin’s Creed Odyssey right in Google Chrome without needing a high-end PC. The way Project Stream works is that it streams gameplay from a computer in the cloud while your PC sends the keyboard and mouse commands. Conceptually, this is nothing new, but Google promises extremely low latency and high-fidelity graphics.
Google has partnered with Ubisoft to make Assassin’s Creed Odyssey the first playable game via Project Stream. Selected participants in this initial beta program will not have to pay anything to test the game. It’s clear that Google is still testing the technology, so making the game free-to-play for participants will help them collect useful data. You can watch a gameplay demo of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey being played through Google Chrome below.
While this sounds really exciting, it, of course, has some limitations. First, it is currently only open for U.S. residents. This may be because the service is still in beta, so we don’t think Google will keep it limited to the United States when the service is eventually released. Second, you have to be 17 years old or older to participate. Third, you’ll need an Internet connection capable of at least 25 megabits per second. Lastly, you’ll need a desktop or laptop PC with access to the desktop version of Google Chrome, such as any PC running Windows 10, macOS, or Linux, or a Chromebook running Chrome OS.