It appears the next step for Google is to go in the direction of streaming games as they show off clips from Project Stream today. You can watch the video below as the company recorded clips from Assassin's Creed: Odyssey in 1080p while supposedly streaming the game live. It looks pretty damn good, but again, this is a YouTube clip and not a service we're seeing in action, so we'd prefer to see it in practicality. But it appears the company is taking a greater stab at streaming games in high quality and wrote a little bit about it here. Whether or not we'll see this added to YouTube, or if this will be an entirely different service to compete with services like Mixer and Twitch is yet to be known.
The idea of streaming such graphically-rich content that requires near-instant interaction between the game controller and the graphics on the screen poses a number of challenges. When streaming TV or movies, consumers are comfortable with a few seconds of buffering at the start, but streaming high-quality games requires latency measured in milliseconds, with no graphic degradation.
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