CALIFORNIA: Back in February, Google was rumored to be seeking interest in the gaming market, with a brand new streaming service that would eventually be called Project Yeti, The project was apparently designed to allow for quality game streaming at 1080p and 60 frames per second with minimal technical hiccups in Chrome. Just eight months later, the giant tech company has now revealed its service to the world by showing off one of the biggest games to launch this year.
Google‘s new service, titled Project Stream, was on display today showing off the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Odyssey from Ubisoft, which launches this Friday (or tomorrow depending on what edition players have pre-ordered). The nearly four-minute video shows off a number of features in the game, from scanning across beautiful vistas, naval combat, and Alexios scaling the sides of large buildings.
Some may also be asking: why choose Assassin’s Creed Odyssey as the game to show off the new tech? Shortly after the announcement that it would be joining the video game ecosystem, Google signed a deal with Ubisoft to build servers dedicated for the company’s games, which is reason enough as to why the demo exists in the first place. Also, the timing of the reveal is likely due to Assassin’s Creed Odyssey reviews going live today.
This isn’t the first time the gaming community has heard of a future involving AAA game streaming. At E3 this year, Phil Spencer announced at the Microsoft conference that its next generation of consoles, code-named Project Scarlet, would release two different types of systems come 2020. One of those models would follow the traditional home console approach, while the other would be a more ambitious, new approach to console gaming with a cheaper option that would allow for games to be streamed onto the system via a cloud service.
The past few years, however, have shown people there is still some time before the future of full-fledged game streaming will be the primary means to play AAA titles. Looking at Sony, its PlayStation Now service hasn’t sat well with most players, which has led to them allowing for a select number of games to be downloadable to a person’s hard drive, which is not much different than Xbox Game Pass. If the technological powerhouse that is Google is hampered by the non-universal bandwidth of the gaming community in any capacity, then it will be a while until the gaming industry pulls the complete 180 that’s being expected down the line.