Google Announces Project Stream, Which Lets You Stream Games In Chrome

Google’s long-rumoured Yeti streaming service is now official, as the company today announced Project Stream, a service that will allow users to stream games to the Google Chrome internet browser. The first game supported will be Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, which launches on Friday.

“We’ve been working on Project Stream, a technical test to solve some of the biggest challenges of streaming,” Google said in a blog post today. “For this test, we’re going to push the limits with one of the most demanding applications for streaming — a blockbuster video game.”

Anyone who’s accepted into the beta test will be able to play Odyssey in their browsers on a laptop or desktop starting Friday, Google said. They’re looking for people with internet speeds of 25Mb/s or higher. It is also unfortunately restricted to people in the US.

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As we reported earlier this year, this is the first part of a broader Google initiative to enter gaming in a big way. As I wrote in June:

So what is this streaming platform, exactly? Like Nvidia’s GeForce Now, the Google service would offload the work of rendering graphics to beefy computers elsewhere, allowing even the cheapest PCs to play high-end games.

The biggest advantage of streaming, as opposed to physical discs or downloads, is that it removes hardware barriers for games. Games like Call of Duty can reach a significantly bigger audience if players don’t need an expensive graphics card or console to play them. As one person familiar with Yeti described it: Imagine playing The Witcher 3 within a tab on Google Chrome.

The question is, what about input lag? Latency? Will this work as delivered or will it be destined to go the way of OnLive? We’ll be able to see for ourselves starting Friday.


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    The biggest advantage of streaming, as opposed to physical discs or downloads, is that it removes hardware barriers for games.And introduces a slew of new problems that are less easily solved, the biggest being an internet connection that can actually deliver the required stability and speed as well as local servers to reduce ping times. Sometimes I wonder if the people imagining a streamed future remember that there is a world outside of the US. Heck, even a lot of places in the US don't have the infrastructure for game streaming yet.

      I think pings will be the bigger issue myself. You only need ~5 Mbps for a HD stream for Netflix, which this effectively becomes. Controller inputs would be negligible, so its only streaming the output and any reasonable level of hardware can handle that.

      The lag between the inputs and seeing the result onscreen then becomes key, and unless these are hosted locally, that's not going to be tens of milliseconds but hundreds. You don't notice a 50ms lag, but you do noticed 200ms.

    They’re looking for people with internet speeds of 25Mb/s or higher.

    If you had a heart you wouldn't even be posting these news in a website with an Australian audience. Waft that smell of roast lamb under the noses of the homeless, won't you?

    I know everyone's upset about streaming because our internet is still fucking awful, but I'm happy that they're at least trying and going to attempt to overcome the technical challenges that it faces. I'd love a future where I don't have to have an expensive heater punching out frames to play the latest games. I don't really know how they plan to get us there, but I'm excited to see what they come up with.

    gotta love the old Aus internet speed whinge - if you're going to be using any form of streaming service then you're most likely going to have a 50Mb/s connection as a household unless you live in regional areas.

    Australia...the place that pegged its internet speeds to the tech level of its first inhabitants.

    Wish we could try it out here, have well above 25 Mb/s

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