Google has a pretty sweet deal for all PC users who are keen to try their new experimental Project Stream, a video game streaming platform built by the search giant's cloud computing division. If you play only one hour with Ubisoft's recently released Assassin's Creed Odyssey you get a free copy of the game to PC / Mac through the publisher's Uplay platform via Eurogamer . (The game is sold for around $ 20 on Uplay right now, but it costs around $ 35 on console.) The campaign is limited to US users and you have until January 15th to watch your hour of play time to claim the free title. You can try it here.
The project stream, announced in early October, is an attempt by Google to test the water in the game stream. The only available title on Stream right now is Odyssey primarily to test the viability of Google's platform with a big drop-start game. Odyssey is a high-fidelity product that can only be played on a PC with a moderately powerful graphics card, requiring the latest PlayStation or Xbox hardware to be played on the console.
Of course, Google is not alone in its efforts to build a gaming flow platform. Both Microsoft and Sony are building similar services. Sony's PlayStation Now service already offers streaming streams with a growing library of titles, while Microsoft recently took the platform's wraps to be called xCloud, which allegedly will run on a few future consoles that will be released for 2020. Meanwhile, a song Other companies, like the French launcher and chip maker Nvidia, have existing games streaming services that slowly but surely get better.
As Google wants on the market, is an interesting development. But right now, the company will not say if Project Stream will turn into a consumer product. It is the potential Google experiments to see if its cloud computing infrastructure can support such service from a third party company or if Google can offer backend to a game stream platform built by someone else. Right now, the company obviously needs more testers, and it leaves a game barely two months old in exchange for some valuable data.
Correction: A previous version of this article was incorrectly stated by Google giving away a free copy of Assassin's Creed Origins . It's Wrong The company gives away a free copy of Assassin's Creed Odyssey a game set in Greece instead of Egypt.