While major gaming CEOs continue to push the idea that streaming games is the future, which would be convenient for them since they won’t have to pay royalties anymore to console makers, many gamers remain uninterested in the technology. OnLive was perhaps one of the biggest flops of the video game streaming service industry that helped prove internet connections and demand for such a product just don’t exist to support the business model yet.
Despite that, the game industry continues to develop software and technology geared towards a streaming future in which you wouldn’t own your games but instead pay a monthly fee for the right to stream them. Google announced today that they are testing one of the world’s most advanced video game streaming services ever conjured up – currently nicknamed Project Stream. In a partnership with Ubisoft, Google Project Stream will allow beta testers to play Assassin’s Creed Odyssey in their web browser even if their computer is fairly weak (as long as their internet connection is strong).
Recommended for the test is a web connection 25Mbit/s or better and an age requirement of 17 years old or older has been implemented. This is a USA ONLY stress test for Project Stream, and the tech doesn’t seem to be ready for show time quite yet. This round of testing will begin on October 5, 2018 with a limited number of users being let in. The service will be limited to 1080P at 60 frames per second despite the game itself being promoted more as a 4K Gaming project made specifically to take advantage of PS4 Pro, Xbox ONE X, and GeForce GTX 1080Ti hardware. The test will be free.
Google claims this test itself is pushing streaming to its limits in an attempt to learn about the latency and problems ahead with video game streaming, perhaps providing useful information on supporting such a service on a large scale one day. In other words, don’t expect Project Stream to become a playable gaming service anytime soon – but it is being worked on for future releases. Ubisoft and Google have also released footage claiming to be official gameplay of the Project Stream service in action with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey which we have shown below along with a link to apply for a beta testing slot.