Google's Project Stream lets gamers play straight through the Chrome browser

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Google was developing a subscription-based game streaming service that could work either on its Chromecast or a Google-made console, the Information had reported in February. We've heard rumors of a "Project Yeti" gaming service for some time now, and this looks to be the first sign of a real "Google Gaming" product.

In our review of Assassin's Creed Odyssey, we called the game "Amazing" saying, "While there are definite rough edges, Odyssey sets a new bar for Assassin's Creed games and holds its own in the eternal debate over the best open-world roleplaying games ever". You need to have at least 25Mbps of download bandwidth to use Project Stream.

Game-streaming services are still in their infancy, but the idea applies the standard "cloud computing" thinking to video games.

"Because of the continued growth in bandwidth, computing power, and storage, Ubisoft firmly believes one of those disruptive technologies is streaming, which will not only change the way you play games, but also the way we create them", said Ubisoft.

Google's Project Stream goes into a semi-public beta on October 5, offering a "limited number of participants" the opportunity to test out the tech for free.

Google's Project Stream lets you play Assassin's Creed Odyssey in Chrome
Google's Project Stream Wants to Make Game Streaming Awesome

The public test will be open to a limited number of participants based in the United States who have access to internet connections capable of 25 megabits per second.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey running on Google's Project Stream.

The point of this testing is to stream "graphically-rich" content that as Google puts it, "requires near-instant interaction between the game controller and the graphics", to try and do so with milliseconds of latency and no graphic degradation. For controls, you have options of a keyboard and mouse or a USB (not Bluetooth) game controller.

You must have or be willing to get a Google Account, a Ubisoft account, and Chrome.

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