Project Stream: Google Takes on GeForce Now

Credit: UbisoftCredit: Ubisoft

Google's getting into the game streaming business. The search giant today announced Project Stream, a "technical test" which lets you stream video games to the Chrome web browser on either a desktop or laptop. To test Project Stream, Google will let select participants play Assassin's Creed Odyssey for free beginning Oct. 5.

Those interested in participating can sign up here. Google says Project Stream is meant for internet connections that can handle a 25-megabit-per-second connection, and that users must be 17 years or older (for the trial, at least, this makes sense. Assassin's Creed Odyssey is rated M for mature by the ESRB).

Google is seemingly preparing to go up against Nvidia's GeForce Now, which lets PC, Mac and Nvidia's Shield platform gamers stream more than 225 games. That service is currently in a free beta.

These services may, one day, mean that many gamers don't need powerful gaming PCs or consoles to play games. However, many currently do not have fast enough internet connections to make it work.

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  • john_stuart
    I have a 100Mbit connection. But quite frankly, even with 64k ISDN back in the day, I had better pings and much less variation especially in the evening hours.

    Personally, I wouldn't trust streaming to entirely replace a proper gaming rig anytime soon, even with connections that should be perfectly fine on paper.

    Heck, even SteamLink which just streams to my living room disappointed me with high latency and noticably bad stream quality with artifacting.
  • Gilles_2
    games like vs fighting need great ping, but turn based rpgs, turn based strategy, well anything turn based, or games like tell tales which doesn't ask for very fast reactions, could be played without any issue, PC players can enjoy Detroit with Playstation Now without issues
  • milkod2001
    Thi could work quite well presume one has super fast internet and only plays single player games.