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23 ноября 2018, 07:55

Google Brings AAA Games to Chrome With Project Stream

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First party video game companies have come and gone. Remember Sega or Neo Geo? But for the past three generations now the industry revolves around the holy trinity of Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony. And with the video game industry becoming increasingly… risky from a financial perspective, the idea of a new challenger entering the field has always seemed odd unless you’re just talking about making cell phones that happen to play video games.

Google is certainly a company big enough to make video games. It’s big enough to do whatever it wants. And recently rumors have swirled that the company is about to reveal some serious new gaming initiative possibly with new hardware. Google didn’t announce a new console today but it show off how the biggest video games can soon play nice with the Google ecosystem. Project Stream will bring AAA games to your Google Chrome browser.

There’s a big push to make streaming the future of experiencing video games. It doesn’t force consumers to buy powerful and prohibitively expensive new boxes to keep up as long as they have a good connection. And it’s a sneaky gateway to the always-online walled garden DRM future publishers crave. We’ve seen experiments like OnLive, PlayStation Now, and GeForce Now.

But Google putting its weight behind such a plan, on a browser as popular as Chrome no less, is a big deal. How many people really play games on their niche little Android streaming boxes? It’d be a lot easier to swallow if playing a huge new game like, say, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey in smooth 1080p HD 60 FPS was as simple as opening up a Chrome tab.

We didn’t make up that example either. Starting October 5, those selected for the Project Stream test trial will be able to play Ubisoft’s latest history murder simulator in their dang Chrome window. You just need to be over 17 and have an internet connection over 25 megabits per second. Interestingly enough, in Japan Nintendo Switch owners can also stream Assassin’s Creed Odyssey along with Resident Evil 7.

More details on Google’s Project Stream are scarce. Presumably this test will give them valuable intel before moving forward on a full launch. But the day may soon arrive where we can play Red Dead Redemption 2 using a Chromecast. What a world! For more on Google check out its new Raspberry Pi hardware and why Google Duplex creeps us out.

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Source: https://www.geek.com/games/google-brings-aaa-games-to-chrome-with-project-steam-1754101/?source=google