Google has a very special beta for gamers to try out on their Chrome browser this week.
Called Project Stream, the internet giant has revealed their initial plans to start testing out a new streaming service, which will bring AAA titles to your laptop without the need for top specs.
One of the first games being made available during the beta phase is Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, the only downside being that it will need a decent internet connection to function properly.
Footage released today shows the game running at 1080p and 60 frames per second, a good benchmark for a new service.
And the good news is that the new Google Project Stream service is being run for free during the testing phase.
Project Stream kicks off on October 5 in the United States and is available to those who want to sign up.
Revealing their plans in full, Google posted a new blog, explaining: “Streaming media has transformed the way we consume music and video, making it easy to instantly access your favourite content.
“It’s a technically complex process that has come a long way in a few short years, but the next technical frontier for streaming will be much more demanding than video.
“We’ve been working on Project Stream, a technical test to solve some of the biggest challenges of streaming.
“For this test, we’re going to push the limits with one of the most demanding applications for streaming—a blockbuster video game.
“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.”
The bad news for gamers in the UK is that the service is not currently available to test in the region.
Project Stream is only available in the United States, with only limited space available.
If you’re interested in participating, you can apply on our website, although Project Stream is geared toward home internet connections capable of 25 megabits per second, and you must be 17 years or older and live in the U.S. to participate.
Here’s more about the project from Google, who add in their blogpost: “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.
“The technology and creativity behind these AAA video games is extraordinary—from the incredible detail and life-like movement of the characters’ skin, clothing, and hair, to the massive scale of the world in which the game unfolds, down to every last blade of grass.
“Every pixel is powered by an array of real-time rendering technology, artistry, visual effects, animation, simulation, physics and dynamics. We’re inspired by the game creators who spend years crafting these amazing worlds, adventures and experiences, and we’re building technology that we hope will support and empower that creativity.”