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For those who haven’t heard of Project Stream, it’s basically a video game streaming service in development at Google that doesn’t require any special hardware, but is instead hosted by Google’s servers. That’s right, only the visual feedback from the game is streamed to the player’s computer through the Chrome browser. Industrial designer Sarang Sheth took the patent filing from Google and rendered what the game controller might look like. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Previously, Google was rumored to be working on a service called Project Yeti since at least 2016, especially since they hired gaming industry executive Phil Harrison as well as recruiting developers during industry events in 2018. Unlike similar services, like OnLive, GeForce Now, and PlayStation Now, Project Stream can run in any desktop Chrome browser, rather than specific gaming platforms, all powered by AMD Radeon graphics hardware at Google.
The service was first announced in October 2018 and soon after, beta invitations were sent with access to Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Players could apply for access and those who had a fast enough internet connection could run the game in their Chrome browsers, and those lucky participants also received a free copy of the game when the beta expired.