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

Posted on October 1, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Google with 11 Comments

Google has been rumoured to be working on its own gaming system in the past. The company’s gaming system is reportedly powered by a game streaming service, codenamed Yeti, that will allow users to stream full-blown games on Google’s console. While Google’s gaming system is far from being officially launched, the company just unveiled what seems like the first steps towards that.

Meet Project Stream, Google’s new game streaming service that works on the browser. Starting on October 5, you will be able to play Assassin’s Creed Odyssey on Chrome (or likely other browsers). The initial launch is just a test, and Google says the project has limited spaces, so most of us probably won’t get to try out the streaming service anytime soon, unless you are really lucky.

“The idea of streaming such graphically-rich content that requires near-instant interaction between the game controller and the graphics on the screen poses a number of challenges.  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,” the company said, stating that the streaming service will require a 25mbps internet connection. It’s also only limited to users aged over 17 years, and those who live in the United States.

Google’s game streaming service seems quite promising, especially because of the fact that it works through a browser. Of course, there are a bunch of other things to be confirmed about the service, including things like the performance, latency, and availability. Keep in mind, the service only works with one game so far, and it could take months before it expands to support more games.

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