Google has announced that it will publicly trial its upcoming Project Stream technology. This is Google's game streaming technology which it has been working on for some time now, trying to face down the challenges which it claims form the "next technical frontier for streaming," and will be much more demanding than pre-recorded video. From 5th October a limited number of invited participants will be able to play the new Assassin's Creed Odyssey in their Chrome browser thanks to the new streaming tech.
In its blog post about Project Stream, Google reminds people why games streaming requires much more backend effort than streaming a movie. Movie viewers are comfortable with some level of pre-roll buffering, as long as their movie goes on to play smoothly for its linear whole. However, in a game the action unfolds in real-time and then every pixel and polygon has to be processed with visual effects, animation, simulation, physics and dynamics before it is sent to the screen. If the game is powered by a remote server then the networking tech delays, and controller input latency, makes it understandably more difficult to deliver a smooth gaming experience.
HEXUS have featured Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Odyssey in previous news pieces and Google has chosen this game, and a partnership with Ubisoft, to help it refine the Project Stream game streaming technology. Google is inviting participants for the limited spaces in its public Project Stream trial.
To qualify for the trial you must be 17 years or older and live in the USA and have a reliable 25Mbps internet connection to your home. Other stipulations are that you have a Google account, a Ubisoft account, and PC/Mac/ChromeOS/Linux install of Chrome 69 or newer. It is recommended that you have a wired USB controller or mouse, and that you don't try and play the game via laptop trackpad. Google says that the PlayStation DualShock 4 Controller, Xbox One Controller, and Xbox 360 Controller are compatible, depending upon your OS choice.
With Google's impressive existing video streaming tech and capacity, hopefully Project Stream is the start of a hugely popular web destination with lots of classic streaming freebies alongside the income generating AAA releases.