Google GDC 2019 streaming gaming service announcement: watch here


When you think of ways to play famous video games, you probably think of Microsoft's Xbox, the Sony PlayStation, or the Nintendo Switch.

If Google succeeds, you'll soon be Project flow service also.

The technology giant is expected to announce a new streaming service at a press event at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday. Google has already previewed the service running Ubisoft's Assassin Creed Odyssey during a public test at the end of last year. And on Monday, the company showed a new scrawl (or "s"?), which seems to be the likely logo for the streaming service.

Google provoked its announcement with a video game museum.

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The service allows players to play standard PC games in the Google Chrome browser. The games are equipped with Google's high-performance computers, which then stream the images to the web browser in a manner similar to that of Netflix.

Google is not the only company doing this. Sony offered its PlayStation Now streaming gaming service since 2014, and Nvidia chip maker offers a call GeForce Now. Microsoft is also preparing an Xbox-related streaming service called Project xCloud, expected in the next two years.

Meanwhile, Google sparked interest in its streaming event when it posted a YouTube countdown page, inviting visitors to "Discover a new way to play." The company is also asking people to sign up for more information after the announcement.

Here are the details:


Tuesday, March 19: 10am PT / 13h ET

At where?

We are going to have the live broadcast here, so you can follow it in real time.

The event itself is happening in San Francisco, and the CNET team will be there.

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What can we expect?

Rumors are that Google will present both its streaming service and potentially a controller to accompany it. Also, expect the company to talk about gaming partnerships with companies such as Ubisoft, which they partnered with during the public trial.

CNET's Lori Grunin contributed to this report.

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