EA’s Cloud Gaming Service Free Trials starts Tonight for PC Users

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EA has announced that it’ll be launching a closed technical trial for its upcoming Project Atlas cloud streaming service tonight at 10 PM PT /1 AM ET. So, anyone who has an EA Origin account can sign up and potentially gain access to a test of EA’s in-progress cloud gaming service. The trial will start tonight and run for two weeks.

Players selected for the trial will be able to play four games: FIFA 19, Titanfall 2, Need for Speed Rivals and Unravel. According to a Medium post published this afternoon announcing the trial from Ken Moss, EA’s chief technology officer, the company is looking to see how games perform in real-world scenarios, particularly in regard to things like latency and jitter.

Cloud gaming. It seems like these days, it’s on everyone’s mind, with new possibilities, paths, and players emerging from all corners of the industry. For EA, our continued focus will be on making sure our games will be ready for a cloud-powered future where our players can engage and enjoy anytime, anywhere, and on any device.

To that end, I’m excited to share that we’ll be taking an important step in this learning journey as we host an exclusive external trial for our players to experience games streamed through EA’s cloud technology… our goal with this exclusive trial 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…

EA is working on leveraging Amazon Web Services and the public cloud so that we can deploy as close to the players as possible, even in the face of unstable networks and changes in bandwidth.

As of now, there are no further details available regarding the launch date of this Project Atlas-based cloud gaming service as a product, or any real details of what games would be available or how access to the platform would be priced. However, this trial will help them analyze their platform before the actual launch of it.

Also, it will put the company ahead of competitions like Google’s Stadia and Microsoft’s xCloud by offering regular customers the chance to try out the service for themselves in a real-world scenario. However, Google did so with its Project Stream test last year, which it used to gather feedback for what would become Stadia.

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