Google to stream Assassin's Creed for free in test

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We'll have to wait and see just how well Project Stream performs when the test starts October 5, but if any company has the resources to make such an ambitious idea work for real, it's Google.

In a blog post, Google explained that game streaming is a "technically complex process" and the company hopes to use this public test as a way to "solve some of the biggest challenges" facing game streaming today. In short, the new video game streaming service is created to run high-end PC games on the Google Chrome browser.

Google has other services which touch upon the now lucrative gameplay and game live-streaming market. Though spots to join the Project Stream trial are limited, those who qualify and are selected will be able to play the game for free for a limited time.

Google's signup page for the Assassin's Creed Odyssey test asks applicants to share their email address and zip codes to potentially gain access to the test.

The company also included a sample of what its technology is now capable of doing with a three and a half minute video sample of AC Odyssey playing on a browser via Project Stream, shown above. There will only be a few testers participating in the project, and signups are open right now via the official Google project page if you're interested in participating.

To qualify for the trial you must be 17 years or older and live in the US and have a reliable 25Mbps internet connection to your home.

Of course, latency is a more major concern in game streaming than it is in music and video. The new video game streaming service is created to run high-end PC games on the Google Chrome browser. For this test, you're going to need, at minimum, a connection rated at 25 megabits per second.

"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."
But the test is created to address the challenges of streaming the latest gaming content with little to no latency while maintaining the cutting-edge graphics.