Google’s streaming initiative is something that has been rumoured for a while; however, now the search giant itself has revealed it as Project Stream. Yeah, they’re not going to be winning any prizes for creativity with that name.
Project Stream is Google’s attempt at addressing some for the biggest problems inherent with streaming media over the internet, chief of which is latency. And as a proof of concept of their technology, they’ve decided to demonstrate Project Stream with “one of the most demanding applications”, a “blockbuster video game”.
Google will take Project Stream into beta this Friday, October 5– on that day, a select number of users will be able to play Assassin’s Creed Odyssey in their Google Chrome browser free of charge. You can register to be one of those selected for this beta test on the Project Stream website, but there’s a lot of catches in place. You need to be living in the United States, be 17 years or older, and have an internet connection that is 25mb/s or higher.
That said, if this works? Given how many companies seem to be investing in streaming as the future of gaming, Google could have a big jump on them.