Google to stream Assassin's Creed for free in test

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Initially, Project Stream will only let users play the upcoming Assassin's Creed Odyssey - interestingly, though, players will do so entirely through the Chrome browser; it sounds like there won't be a need to install any third-party clients. A beta is being set up to test drive the service, and if you're chosen, you'll be able to stream Ubisoft's open-world title on launch day from a laptop or desktop.

The service is now only available to users in the United States.

While still a test, the service does not seem to be restricted to video game streaming as the project is advertised as "a test of Google's streaming technologies in the US". The game is officially available on October 5 and it will be playable through Chrome with Project Stream.

A quick recap on the game: "Assassin's Creed Odyssey", the latest in the blockbuster "Assassin's Creed" franchise, takes place in ancient Greece, during the times of Homeric myth.

The company is, however, going to allow a select few to partake in its testing and will allow them to play the game, starting October 5, for free in their browser at 1080p, 60fps.




To have a chance at being selected to participate in the project, you'll have to sign up for Project Stream via the project's website. In order to access Project Stream you need to be residing in the United States and have a 25Mbps connection along with a computer running Windows, macOS, Chrome OS, or Linux. If Project Stream works as advertised, with imperceptible latency between controller input and in-game reaction, it'll be huge contender to similar game streaming services like PlayStation Now and Vortex.

Just like GeForce Now, the idea of Project Stream is to allow users to play graphics intensive games on their device regardless of their specs.

It's been rumoured for a while that Google is working on a game streaming service, and this week, the tech conglomerate made it official.

"We have many technologies, so it's case by case, but Assassin's Creed has no multiplayer mode, and that is very important for the social aspect of gaming, so we are looking into that."

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