Is Gaming Being Redefined Again with Google’s Project Stream?
Google isn’t the first major company to try it out with Video game streaming as Sony’s PlayStation Now and Nvidia’s GeForce Now™ havebeen at it for quite a while now.
Game streaming allows players to stream their favourite titles through a stable internet connection onto devices
This means you can play PlayStation games on your PC with PlayStation Now or stream AAA PC titles on your TV via the Nvidia Shield. The idea is to create a sort of convergence between devices the user is mostly hooked to during most part of the day.
There wasn’t that much hype around Nvidia’s announcement of its GeForce Now™ service with some questioning if the service is necessary in the first place since everybody is playing their favourite titles on the device of their choice –a process much simpler. No fuss, no muss.
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Though Sony’s PlayStation Now received far less criticism, it too was shipped with some critical limitations like only having a library of only select PlayStation games and an expensive subscription package.
Google planning to join in on the ever-changing market is only an indication that the company might have something that its competitors don’t.
The company announced its first attempt at a game streaming service lazily called ‘Project Stream’ and a limited public trail wrapped up just over a week ago.
To test its service, Google picked a graphically rich AAA title with intense action and roleplaying elements in Assassin Creed Odyssey.
In a clip bundled with the announcement, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was shown running at 60 frames per second at 1080p with no noticeable game lag.
The test was limited to a number of participants and you will have to be a resident of the US with access to an internet connection with at least 25 megabits per second speeds.
Impressively enough, the only other tool required to run Project Stream is a Chrome browser (though some might joke about Chrome’s unappeasable appetite for RAM, it is still an efficient browser).
So far, those lucky enough to test the system have been pretty impressed with what they are able to witness with the game maintaining constant framerates are 1080p.
Though Google has served us with our first glimpse of what Project Stream might actually be, the company have been coy with other details and so far, it is unclear how far along the service is in development and what it entails when complete.
Despite being in the dark for the most part, Project Stream has proved to be a game changer for Google in particular and gaming in general.
Chromebooks might be the biggest winners here since most of these devices are built with less emphasis given to their graphical prowess, thus making them less ideal for gaming but with Project Stream, a lot of that could change and they might actually join the list of recommended gaming hardware.
Furthermore, Ubisoft is running a promotion that valid until the 15th of January where you can win free copies of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey with Google Project Stream participation. Requirements are pretty straightforward, you simply need to be at least 17 years old, live in the US, and spend at least an hour trying the service out. The game will promptly be added to your Ubisoft Uplay account after you might have fulfilled the said requirements.
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