13 March 2019
Google has finally started to send out Project Stream invites in the United States. These invites were initially scheduled to go out on October 5th but due to some unknown reasons, Google had to delay the rollout which has started now. If you applied for receiving an invite to the project, you should check your inbox to see if you have received a unique code for using the game streaming service.
If you are one of the selected ones, you can go ahead and visit the Project Stream website to proceed further. Here, you will be asked to log-in using your Google and Ubisoft accounts. A Ubisoft account is required because the project currently offers an access to Assassin's Creed Odyssey demo which is the latest iteration in the iconic gaming franchise. The access will be available until January 25th, 2019 after which the demo will stop working. Google is further offering free in-game currency worth $10 to each of the testers of the service. As for controls, users will be able to play using a keyboard, mouse or even wired controllers like Sony DualShock 4 or Xbox One and Xbox 360 controller. The demo currently does not support wireless controllers.
While Google and Ubisoft are offering full access to the game's demo, none of the user progress and unlocked achievements will carry forward if a player chooses to go for the full version on PC or console post the trial expiration. It means whatever you will complete in the game while playing on Project Stream, everything will be reset on the last day. This seems to be the case because Google only wants to allow testers to experience the series and offer feedback for further improvements.
For the uninitiated ones, Google's Project Stream is a service aimed at allowing gamers to stream games on their Chrome PC without having to download and install anything. It is currently available only via invite-only model and is accessible to anyone who is over 17 years of age and is from the United States. Since it is about streaming video games, Google has recommended a minimum of 25Mbps internet connection. And if you have a Chromebook, the service will work on that too. The concept of streaming games is nothing new but since it's Google, we can expect for better things this time around.