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Google's Project Stream beta to end Jan. 15, AMD Radeon GPUs used for gaming service

This is the first time we have learned some specific hardware specs for Project Stream.

Published onJanuary 9, 2019


Google launched a public best test of Project Stream, its PC game streaming service, back in October 2018. It allowed people to stream and play the full version of Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Odyssey at 1080p/60fps in the Chrome web browser either on their PC or a low-end Chromebook. Now, the search giant has confirmed on its FAQ page for Project Stream that the beta test will officially end on Jan. 15.

At the time of the beta test launch, Google didn’t reveal much about the hardware backend of Project Stream. Today, however, AMD announced that Google’s service is using its Radeon GPUs. The reveal was made during AMD’s CES 2019 keynote address today (via VentureBeat) by the company’s President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su.

Specifically, the cloud server service uses AMD’s Radeon Pro GPUs that rely on its Vega architecture. Hu added that AMD has worked closely with Google to optimize Project Stream so that this kind of service can work well without any buffering on the gamer’s end.

A screenshot from Google's Project Stream service.

Hu, unfortunately, didn’t provide any other concrete details on AMD’s partnership with Google on Project Stream.

If you have yet to check out Project Stream, live in the U.S., and are 17 years of age or older, you can still sign up for the beta test at the link below before the deadline. If you do play Assassin’s Creed Odyssey for at least one hour on Project Stream before Jan. 15, you will be able to get the PC version for free with a Ubisoft Uplay account. 

Google has not yet revealed what plans it has for Project Stream beyond the end of the beta test, but we will keep an eye out for more news on this exciting venture in the coming weeks and months.

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