The internet has come a long way in terms of consuming media through it. These days we think nothing of streaming 4K video content from Netflix or watching YouTube online. Now, Google and Ubisoft have partnered up on Project Stream to take streaming video to another level.
Google says Project Stream is going to push the limits of streaming online video by streaming a blockbuster video game through your Chrome browser. Ubisoft is partnering with Google on Project Stream and offering up their latest Assassins Creed game. Starting on October 5th, Google will start the test with a limited number of participants. For their beta testing troubles, these users will be allowed to play at no charge.
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 extraordinaryfrom 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. Were inspired by the game creators who spend years crafting these amazing worlds, adventures and experiences, and were building technology that we hope will support and empower that creativity.
Project Stream has limited spaces available for users but Google is still taking submissions for them. You can apply with Google for a chance to be a part of this test but better act fast. Project Stream requires a home internet connection of 25 megabits per second or better and you must be 17-years old or older. Oh, and this is only open to residents in the United States.
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