To kickstart Project Stream, Google's looking for people in the U.S.to test drive the service with the opportunity to play Assassin's Creed Oddysey for free starting October 5 and going through mid-January. Officially announced on the Google blog here, the unimaginatively named Project Stream claims it can push high-end games from Google's servers directly onto your browser screen with minimal lag. Streaming direct and interactive via Chrome, they'll be showcasing their tech with the ever-photogenic Assassin's Creed Odyssey.
The Silicon Valley firm has long since been interested in streaming of apps with Instant Apps on Android phones and tablets.More news: California passes net neutrality law, Trump administration sues
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.
Google notes that you must be age 17 or older and have an internet connection capable of 25 megabits per second. You can watch some actual footage of gameplay below of the upcoming Assassin's Creed Odyssey. AAA video games are far more complicated to stream than a movie or TV show, offering dense worlds of animation and input-sensitive information. The point of the test is to deliver the game at a high graphical fidelity with low latency.More news: Netflix considering interactive films and TV shows
As household names in the gaming world like Nvidia and Microsoft grapple with making high-quality game streaming accessible, it seems Google has also chose to throw its hat in the ring.
New, big-production games also often require some expensive hardware to play them, but if players can stream the games, those requirements can be offloaded on the stream host, so Google's setup would be handling all the processing.More news: Some iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max users reporting charging issues