Google's New Video Game Streaming Service Lets You Play Assassin's Creed Odyssey on Chrome

Google's New Video Game Streaming Service Lets You Play Assassin's Creed Odyssey on Chrome

The revolution will be streaming.

Google is testing out a new streaming service for video games that will let players potentially stream full games to the Google Chrome browser. Dubbed "Project Stream" Google is going to hold a test for its new project and is partnering with Ubisoft to let chosen testers stream the upcoming Assassin's Creed Odyssey.

"Streaming media has transformed the way we consume music and video, making it easy to instantly access your favorite content," Google product manager Catherine Hsiao writes in a new blog post published today. "We've been working on Project Stream, a technical test to solve some of the biggest challenges of streaming. For this test, we're going to push the limits with one of the most demanding applications for streaming – a blockbuster video game."

To this end, select testers will be able to stream Assassin's Creed Odyssey for free to help Google determine whether the project is feasible. The testing is restricted to people with internet connections that can hit 25 megabits per second and are US residents 17 years old or older.

"The idea of streaming such graphically-rich content that requires near-instant interaction between the game controller and the graphics on the screen poses a number of challenges. When streaming TV or movies, consumers are comfortable with a few seconds of buffering at the start, but streaming high-quality games requires latency measured in milliseconds with no graphic degradation."

This, but on Chrome.

Ubisoft is a natural partner for the project as the company's CEO Yves Guillemot went on record to say that he believes streaming-only game consoles will be the standard in just a few hardware generations. Assassin's Creed Odyssey is even available to stream on the Nintendo Switch in Japan.

Considering that most of the United States has internet speeds that lag compared to that of other developed nations, it will be interesting to see if Project Stream rolls out, if at all, to a wider pool of players.

For more check out our review of Assassin's Creed Odyssey or read our Assassin's Creed Odyssey guide for more info. For details on how to sign up for Project Stream, check out Google's registration site here.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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