Giant tech company, Google, launched Project Stream today, heightening expectations that it is has plans to roll out a game Streaming service. Google described the unveiling as a “technical test” with the aim of trying out compatibility of the concept with its Chrome web browser. This development will have game streaming enthusiast hoping the foundational service that is to be tested will give rise to a paid service in the near future.
Google’s efforts follow the trail of companies such as NVIDIA and Blade that have similar technology in beta testing and an active service respectively. Google recognized the challenge the initiative presents, noting the demands placed on latency and graphics quality by the near constant interaction of games.
The news comes after rumors earlier in the year, with Google announcing a partnership with game developers Ubisoft that will have lucky participants play Assassin’s Creed Odyssey on Chrome with the options of using PlayStation and Xbox controllers or mouse and keyboard. Project Stream will offer a limited number of users free access to the platform for an undisclosed period. Participants will be required to be above 17 years old, residents of the United States and have a stable internet connection speed of at least 25 megabits per second. They also will need active Ubisoft and Google accounts to be eligible.
The choice of such a technically demanding title as Assassin’s Creed is deliberate, as Google wants to work with a graphics-intense game so as to face and hopefully solve the biggest problems with video game streaming. Blade’s Shadow is currently among the more recognize reliable game streaming service though its monthly subscription fee of $ 34.95 is considered prohibitive. Nvidia’s GeForce is already in testing and might be rolled out anytime. The development should be welcome news to enthusiasts hoping to have a more affordable and powerful option as with Google’s resources, its more than capable of engineering a better solution.
Since Onlive’s hype and bust, tech companies have been cautious in expending resources on the video game streaming idea. Google’s initiative comes with the company’s reputation and size, bringing hope that the concept is still worth considering.
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