Game On: Google unveils Project Stream, will test streaming 'Assassin's Creed'
Welcome to "Game On," The Fly's weekly recap of the stories powering up or beating down video game stocks. NEW RELEASES: Among this week's major releases is Microsoft's (MSFT) racing sim "Forza Horizon 4," which launches today on Xbox One and PC. Also out this week is Ubisoft's (UBSFY) "Assassin's Creed Odyssey," the latest in its series of open-world action games. The game comes out October 5 for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 (SNE). In addition, Capcom's (CCOEY) new sidescrolling action game "Mega Man 11" rolls out today for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch (NTDOY), while Nintendo's party game "Super Mario Party" launches October 5 exclusively on the Switch. PROJECT STREAM: Yesterday, Google (GOOG) announced Project Stream, a technical test to solve "some of the biggest challenges of streaming." The service is designed to give video game players the ability to stream video games directly to the Chrome browser on a laptop or desktop. Google noted that it has partnered with Ubisoft to stream "Assassin's Creed Odyssey" to the Chrome browser, with a limited number of participants being able to play the game at no charge for the duration of the Project Stream test starting October 5. "The technology and creativity behind these AAA video games is extraordinary-from incredible detail and life-like movement of the characters' skin, clothing, and hair, to the massive scale of the world in which the game unfolds, down to every last blade of grass," Google said. "Every pixel is powered by an array of real-time rendering technology, artistry, visual effects, animation, simulation, physics and dynamics. We're inspired by the game creators who spend years crafting these amazing worlds, adventures and experiences, and we're building technology that we hope will support and empower that creativity." PS4 CROSS-PLAY: Last week, Sony said that it was taking steps toward having the PS4 support cross-platform features for select third party games. As a result, the company launched an open beta on Wednesday for Epic Games' "Fortnite" that will allow for cross platform gameplay, progression and commerce across PlayStation 4, Android, iOS (AAPL), Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, and Mac operating systems. Epic Games, the creator of "Fortnite," is 40% owned by Tencent (TCEHY) and is part of Disney's (DIS) Accelerator Program. NO PLAYSTATION EXPERIENCE: According to media reports, Sony said that its annual PlayStation conference, known as PlayStation Experience, has been canceled this year due to a lack of announcements. This marks the first time PlayStation Experience will not be held in North America fort he first time since its launch in 2014, according to Business Insider. MSFT UBSFY SNE NTDOY CCOEY GOOG GOOGL AAPL TCEHY DIS