Google to test game-streaming service with latest Assassin's Creed

Tonya Becker
October 2, 2018

On Monday, October 1, Google formally announced Project Stream - a new technology from the company that is created to stream AAA video games to your computer using just an internet connection and web browser.

A Google logo in an office building in Zurich September 5, 2018.

Google wants to change that perception of what we are able to stream, from simple media to apps and now to even full AAA video games with Project Stream.

We've seen some false starts for game streaming and the infrastructure isn't where it needs to be in much of the United States, but we'll get there eventually. A 25Mbps Internet connection is "recommended" for the service, and you'll need accounts with Google and Ubisoft. 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.

You can throw your name in the hat at the official Project Stream website.

Sadly, the Project Stream test-run is limited to America only, although hopefully they'll be testing it in other regions soon.

In their own words, here is Google describing the massive scope of Project Stream.

To sign up, you'll need to be a U.S. resident and 17 years old or older. And a word of caution for this with slow internet connections, the test is geared toward participants with a home internet connection of at least 25 megabits per second.

According to analyst company IHS Markit, global spending on games content and services is expected to reach $129bn (£99bn) this year, making it the world's biggest entertainment market. "Only a select few will be participating in Project Stream, but everyone can experience the journey of either Alexios or Kassandra when Assassin's Creed Odyssey launches October 5 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC".

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