Published: Tue, October 02, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

Google Gets Ready to Test Its Game Streaming Service on the Browser

Google Gets Ready to Test Its Game Streaming Service on the Browser

A Google logo in an office building in Zurich September 5, 2018.

The firm is partnering with Ubisoft to test the service with their soon-to-be released Assassin's Creed Odyssey, with the game running on Google's servers, but being streamed live and controlled by users over a web connection.

Interested parties can now sign up via the official Google Project Stream page to secure a Project Stream test spot, though there's limited space reserved for users with internet speeds of at least 25mbps.

Like video games? If so, you'll want to check out Google's Project Stream.

Google has announced that it will publicly trial its upcoming Project Stream technology. Combine it with the fully customisable HUD, which gives you the option to remove pretty much every marker on-screen, and you've got a game that just dares you to immerse yourself in it for hours on end. You'll also need Chrome installed on either a desktop or laptop, as that's what you'll be streaming through.

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Google's new Project Stream will allow you to play AAA games via a browser stream. Players interested in helping test can apply through the official website. As one can expect, a good internet connection is suggested for all considering to take part (Google suggests 25 megabits per second).

What's the ultimate goal of Project Stream?

'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'.

You must own a computer with reliable internet access (Google will test it for you).

According to analyst company IHS Markit, global spending on games content and services is expected to reach $129bn (£99bn) this year, making it the world's biggest entertainment market. It could also work with Google Chromecast.

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