Starting on Friday, a select group of users will be able to play Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Odyssey on their browser thanks to Google’s Project Stream.
Utilizing the power of Google Chrome, Project Stream aims to bring AAA gaming to those without a powerful gaming rig or console. The company is well-known for the efforts in video and audio streaming with YouTube and Google Play, but full game streaming is quite new for them.
“Streaming high-quality games requires latency measured in milliseconds, with no graphics degradation.”
“It is a technically complex process that has come a long way in a few short years, but the next technical frontier for streaming will be much more demanding than video,” reads Google’s blog post.
“The idea of streaming such graphically-rich content that requires near-instant interaction between the game controller and the graphics on screen poses a number of challenges… Streaming high-quality games requires latency measured in milliseconds, with no graphics degradation.”
Game streaming certainly has come a long way since the days of OnLive with multiple services now available. As a competitor to Steam Link and PlayStation Now, Google’s Project Stream certainly has a chance in this niche market but the flaws are still apparent.
Project Stream will require a stable 25 megabits per second internet connection as a base speed to provide a sufficient quality for gaming and, even then, video artifacts are clearly noticeable. (See Google’s provided footage below.)
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