If it wasn’t apparent that game streaming will soon become a reality, Google is certainly trying to make it so. The search giant announced that they are working on a new streaming service, called Project Stream, and have partnered with Ubisoft to test out Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey on this new service.
In a blog post, Google revealed that they’ve been working on improving the quality of streaming media, and have tied up with Ubisoft to see if they can deliver a playable experience for a AAA video game. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, the company’s latest title, is one of the more demanding games out there. As made clear with the reveal of the system requirements for the game (which can be found HERE), it’s clear that Odyssey will be pushing the limits of budget hardware pretty hard. That’s where Project Stream comes in.
As can be seen from the video above, it can be seen that the service will be able to provide a steady 60 fps at 1080p, which is more than enough considering it’s a streaming service. The service is currently only available in the U.S and is limited to a certain number of playtesters. The blog post stated that a constant internet connection with speeds above 25 megabits per second is required to play the game.
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 graphics degradation.
Similar services have been in the works recently, as Microsoft initially hinted at during their E3 conference this year. We also have services like Sony’s PlayStation Now, which acts like Netflix for games. The idea is simple: You pay a monthly fee and get access to a library of streamable games.
Google’s Project Stream is currently available for playtesting in the U.S. As of right now, the service is available free of charge. However, the slots are limited as Google has mentioned in their post. Either way, the future of streaming looks good, provided this project turns out to be successful.