Google Launches a beta of it’s upcoming “Project Stream” Cloud Gaming Service

We’ve known for a while that Google is interested in Cloud Gaming. Tomorrow they are making it official with a beta test of their upcoming Project Stream service. A small selection of testers will be able to play the soon-to-be-released Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.

Google is a Big Deal

You probably wouldn’t be surprised to hear that Google is a big deal. They are, and specifically they are a big deal for Cloud Gaming. Cloud Gaming as a technology is still in it’s very early stages. Companies like Shadow and LiquidSky make up the majority of the industry today. These names are familiar to fans of Cloud Gaming, but are relatively unknown in other circles. Google brings name recognition to Cloud Gaming.

When a big company adopts a new technology, people tend to make assumptions based on their involvement. It becomes a form of endorsement. Their participation legitimizes the new tech and tells people that they should pay attention.

Project Stream

Google is partnering with Ubisoft to give Gamers a first glimpse at their Cloud Gaming technology. Starting on October 5th, Gamers will be able to test Assassin’s Creed Odyssey on Project Stream.

“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.”-Catherine Hsiao, Google Product Manager

Credit Google Blog

The experience will be handled within your Chrome Browser. Users must be at least 17 years of age and have an internet connection of at least 25 Mbps download. This first test is limited to Gamers in the United States.

Project Stream will support the Playstation DualShock 4 Controller, Xbox One Controller, and the Xbox 360 Controller. For now, controllers must be wired in order to be compatible with Project Stream. You’ll need a valid Google Account (work and education accounts do not qualify), and an Ubisoft Account. Your computer must have Chrome Browser version 69 or higher.

Project Stream is a closed beta, and you must be invited in order to participate. If you’re interested, you can apply for the beta on Project Stream’s website.

Keep in mind that this first test is going to be limited. You may not receive an invitation to try it out. For everyone else, the trailer below will give you a first look at Project Stream.

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