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"We've been working on Project Stream, a technical test to solve some of the biggest challenges of streaming", Google said in a blog post today.

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

Not much is known about the tech behind Project Stream as of writing, but starting now, U.S. residents with "reliable internet access", Chrome, and a Google account can sign up to test the service out for free.

Playing video games over a live stream is nothing new, with Nvidia, Sony and even GameFly offering suitable services - but Google isn't impressed.

Google is developing a subscription-based game streaming service that could work either on its Chromecast or a Google-made console. That means that, in theory, you can play it from any computer, no matter how powerful, as long as you have the Chrome browser installed.

Project Stream isn't necessarily limited to games, but that's where Google is starting.

Officially announced on the Google blog here, the unimaginatively named Project Stream claims it can push high-end games from Google's servers directly onto your browser screen with minimal lag.


'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'. Google notes that open spots are limited, and there's no guarantee of selection.

News of the potential return for multiplayer was revealed during an interview between Game Informer and Ubisoft CCO Serge Hascoet.

In partnership with Ubisoft, the search giant is planning on bringing Assassin's Creed Odyssey to your home via the Chrome browser.

The game will be streamed at a 1080p full-HD resolution at 60 frames per second, so your internet connection need to be able to reliably carry a lot of data.

What do you think of Google's venture into the gaming world?

This won't be the only version of Assassin's Creed Odyssey available via a streaming service.


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