Google Tests Streaming Video Games

Google Tests Streaming Video Games
Project Stream participants will be able to stream the next Assassin's Creed game free.

(CCM) — Google is pushing the limits of streaming technology by testing out video game streaming.

The company's Project Stream initiative will see Ubisoft's soon-to-be released title Assassin's Creed Odyssey streamed free of charge to a limited number of participants. They will be able to play the game on a Chrome browser running on a laptop or desktop PC.

"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," Catherine Hsiao, a Google product manager, explained in a blog post. "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," she added.

Project Stream is open to people aged 17 or older living in the U.S. with a home internet connection capable of 25 Mbps, and anyone interested can apply at the Project Stream website.

Google has not yet revealed how many people will be taking part in Project Stream when it begins streaming Assassin's Creed Odyssey on Oct. 5, 2018, or how long the test will last.

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