EA Launches Cloud Gaming Trial Today In Closed Beta
Electronic Arts is advancing its plans for cloud gaming with the first technical trial of its Project Atlas technology. Announced last year, this is the publisher’s cloud-native development platform and will not only enable players to stream games but also allow EA developers to build games directly in the cloud.
You won’t have to wait long to try EA Project Atlas game streaming service in fact, you might get to play very shortly. EA has announced a surprise Cloud Gaming Technical Trial that will debut September 10th at 1AM Eastern as a closed beta for some people who’ve signed up for Community Playtesting. Those who get in will be limited to four games (FIFA 19, Need for Speed Rivals, Titanfall 2 and Unravel), but they’ll get to see how Atlas’ synced game progression works first-hand. Progress you make while streaming will translate to your games on Origin, no matter what device you’re playing on.
This test’s main purpose is to “gather more inputs at scale to test performance and quality of service in a variety of network conditions and on multiple server routing scenarios.” This test will be focused on cloud gaming on PC, but EA’s goal is to allow gamers to play anywhere and on any device they choose.
The new trial is available to users of various platforms including Mac, smart TVs, tablet, PC, OTT and smartphones.
“Our goal is to gather more inputs at scale to test performance and quality of service in a variety of network conditions and on multiple server routing scenarios,”
“While this particular trial will be focused on cloud gaming on PC, we are also working to understand performance across multiple other devices. Most importantly, we are here to learn how to improve and enhance the cloud gaming experience for our players.”
The publisher hasn’t said if or when it expects to premiere a full-fledged service. As with rivals like Google Stadia and Microsoft’s Project xCloud, EA is dreaming of a day when you can play its games on virtually any device with a screen, whether it’s a computer, mobile device or a smart TV. The trial is both a step toward that goal and a peek at the future, even if practical service isn’t ready for a long while.
Clarified that EA is positioning the trial as a technical test, and not an official beta of a commercial product.
Here’s a link to the EA’s cloud gaming trial sign-up page.