Google’s Project Steam could be the future of gaming


Could Google be the tech leaders for the next generation of gaming?

Thanks to Google’s new streaming tech you can already play Assassin’s Creed Odyssey for free from a Web browser, and that’s just the start.

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It’s generally agreed that the future of video games is being able to stream them directly to any device, with no need for a powerful console or smartphone to run them on. What isn’t agreed upon is when this will start to become the norm, but when it does happen it could be Google – not Sony or Microsoft – that’s leading the charge.

Google has announced a new technology called Project Stream, which is used to stream large amounts of data, including video games, via their Chrome web browser.

The game they’ve used as a test is Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, which a select number of gamers in America will be able to play from this Friday – if they have a broadband connection of at least 25 megabits per second.

‘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’, reads a Google blog on the subject.

‘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.’

‘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’, adds product manager Catherine Hsiao.

Obviously, the service won’t be free all the time, but Google gives no indication of when and how it might evolve into something people pay for – or whether they’ll be partnering with existing console manufacturers or going it on their own.

 

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