Assassin’s Creed Odyssey launches this Friday on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and now Google Chrome.
You read that right. Today Google unveiled Project Stream, a service designed to stream AAA video games directly through your Chrome browser. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will be featured in a “technical test” for the service, allowing a very small select group of testers to stream the game when it launches this Friday. Google outlined the basic functionality of the project in a blog post.
“We’ve partnered with one of the most innovative and successful video game publishers, Ubisoft, to stream their soon-to-be released Assassin’s Creed Odyssey® to your Chrome browser on a laptop or desktop. Starting on October 5, a limited number of participants will get to play the latest in this best-selling franchise at no charge for the duration of the Project Stream test.”
Google released footage of the game running on the service alongside the reveal. It looks to be running smoothly at 1080p/60fps, but we won’t know about input lag, latency, and other factors that usually plague streaming platforms until this Friday.
“The idea of streaming such graphically-rich content that requires near-instant interaction between the game controller and the graphics on the screen poses a number of challenges. When streaming TV or movies, consumers are comfortable with a few seconds of buffering at the start, but streaming high-quality games requires latency measured in milliseconds, with no graphic degradation.”
Both Ubisoft and Google have been looking into the game streaming market for some time now. We heard rumors of Google entering the gaming space earlier this year, and this seems to be their big idea. Ubisoft’s CEO Yves Guillemot has also stated that he believes streaming will play an integral role in the next gaming generation. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey seems to be their first major test for this idea, with the game getting a cloud version in Japan and being available on Project Stream in the states.
The game will be completely free to play if you’re selected for the test, and you’ll have access until sometime in mid-January.
To participate in the test, users must be at least 17 years old, have a controller or keyboard and mouse to control the game, and a have a capable internet connection with a speed of at least 25 megabits per second, as well as both a Google account and a Ubisoft account. Signups are available here.
Input lag and latency are the two critical factors in streaming video games, and they hinder so many other streaming services. Will Google be able to finally deliver a reliable streaming experience comparable to running the game natively on local hardware? We won’t have to wait long to find out.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey launches on October 5 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and now Google Chrome for a handful of people.