Google’s Project Stream Beta Testing Begins Friday with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
A Google game streaming service has been an open secret for quite some time. Today, the company announced that the new platform will begin beta testing this Friday. Previously known as Yeti, the company today confirmed it will be called Project Stream.
Google’s blog post entitled “Pushing the limits of streaming technology” offered insight into the platform’s goals. Players will be able to play AAA games within Google Chrome without experiencing significant lag. Google is clearly swinging for the fences and aiming for the sky right off the bat with their gaming selection.
“For this test,” the blog reads, “we’re going to push the limits with one of the most demanding applications for streaming—a blockbuster video game.”
That blockbuster game is Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Our editor-in-chief gave the game a perfect score, so Google really needs to nail this. Fans of the franchise may revolt if Project Stream flops with such a massive title. Then again, how often does doubting Google and their infinite resources pay off?
Beta testers can apply on the Project Stream website. The page cites only a few basic requirements:
- For U.S. residents who are 17 or older
- A computer with reliable internet access (they’ll test it for you)
- A controller or mouse & keyboard to play
- A Google Account, a Ubisoft account, and Chrome
The chosen few will be able to try out Assassin’s Creed Odyssey on their laptops starting Friday at no charge. I’ll say that again, because it’s music to my ears: free Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. That alone should be reason to apply.
This is a bold idea and, if anybody can throw money at the issue until it works, it’s Google. If this works, Project Stream could be Steam’s first true competitor. Yes, Discord is launching its own storefront, and EA Origin is still hanging around. Neither, however, offers a true threat to Valve and its infinite wealth. Google could very well be that threat. We’ll see in four days if they manage to minimize the lag and offer real legitimate competition.
What do you think, gamers? Will Project Stream be a success? Does its unoriginal title drain some of your confidence? Should Steam actually be afraid? Let us know in the comments below. For more gaming news and updates, follow DFTG on Twitter and Facebook!
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Drew is a freelance writer for DFTG. He's the former Managing Editor of Haogamers and has been published in the Chicago Tribune and The Paragon Journal. He also edited the novel Three Brightnesses and Artist Journey: Rachta Lin (2016 and 2017 editions).