Google Project Stream unveiled for Chrome

by Sammy Chan
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After almost two years in development under the name Project Yeti, Google Project Stream is ready for a technical test. Google announced a test will be conducted to push Project Stream to the limits with a triple-A game. The company will be working with Ubisoft to stream their latest game, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, on October 5, 2018.
Google Project Stream is a streaming service similar to PlayStation Now and GeForce Now, so you can’t really say that they are the first to try this. However, how they wish to stand out is by aiming to stream games at 1080p and 60fps. Moreover, Project Stream will be running in the Chrome browser so it can work on Chrome OS, Windows, Linux and macOS. Google also recommends testers to have at least 25 Mbps of internet speed to get the optimum experience. Players can use a USB controller (Xbox or PlayStation controller can work) if they so desire and Google has plans to include Bluetooth controllers for the future.

Will Google Project Stream be the future of gaming?

The technical test will be the deciding factor. If we can play a triple-A title that runs on ultra high graphics settings over the internet, then it might be able to become a thing. Streaming a game is much more difficult than a movie since it requires communication from both ends. However, we then need to have a look at the business model. Will it be able to cover the costs? Can it then return a profit for the company? Considering it’s Google, they have plenty of resources to funnel into this project. Yet, will it be worth it for the customers and the company? For now, the technical test is meant to see how far can the hardware go. The results should be an early indicator of whether Project Stream can succeed.
Google Project Stream will be live in the United States and those who wish to participate must be at least 17 years old. For more information check out the web page here or here to have a go at the requirements. Those who wish to participate may apply here.

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