A Google logo in an office building in Zurich September 5, 2018. Those who get selected for Project Stream's technical test, which starts October 5, will effectively be able to play Ubisoft's latest blockbuster game for free, on their laptop or desktop computers, for however long the test period lasts.
If Google manages to crack the code on browser-based game streaming, through the most-used web browser in the USA, it could have massive implications on the gaming industry.
Google is testing a game-streaming service, dubbed Project Stream, that'll let you play PC games on Chrome.
Console quality video game play streamed online as a service, hosted on servers in the internet cloud, faces challenges including moving data quickly enough to avoid lags in action or imagery.
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Google's plan is to have games be streamable through its Chrome web browser, and this first public test will test that capability.
"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", Google said in its blog post announcing Project Stream.
The catch: There are a limited number of spots for Project Stream. You'll need a home internet connection capable of reaching speeds of at least 25 Mbps, and testers need to be 17 years old or older.
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Google isn't saying how far along Project Stream actually is, and whether it'll launch any time soon.
As for Ubisoft, the company believes there's "tremendous potential" in streaming. Are you going to apply to the test?
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