EA has announced that it will launch a closed trial upcoming Project Atlas cloud streaming service tonight at 10 p.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET, so anyone with an EA Origin account can sign in and potentially gain access to a closed beta of EA & # 39; s active cloud gaming service. The first test starts tonight and lasts two weeks.
Players selected for the test can play four games: FIFA 19, Titanfall 2, Need for Speed Rivalsand Detangle. According to a Medium message published this afternoon the company announces the trial of Ken Moss, the chief technology officer of EA, and looks at how games perform in real scenarios, particularly with regard to issues such as latency and jitter.
Per Moss, "EA is working to leverage AWS and the public cloud" to ensure that servers are as close to players as possible, which could help with those issues. The mix of games is also intentional, allowing EA to test different genres, graphic requirements and multiplayer lag across different titles.
In addition, Moss points out that streaming technology can ultimately allow EA games to play on a large number of devices, including & # 39; smart TV & # 39; s, OTT streaming devices, PC or Mac laptops, tablets and smartphones & # 39; , although the company said on which platforms the trial will run. However, EA plans to test cross-platform games – players in the cloud gaming test can play games and communicate with the regular PC versions of these games. Testers can also synchronize game progress from the cloud trial version to the PC version after the trial version.
There are still no details about when EA could actually launch a Project Atlas-based cloud gaming service as a product, or any real details about which games would be available or how access to the platform would be priced. Although the trial version of EA is both an early step and has a limited scope, the company does propose competitions such as Stages of Google and xCloud of Microsoft by giving regular customers the chance to try out the service themselves in a real-world scenario .
Google did this last year with its Project Stream test, which gathered feedback about what would become Stages. But so far, neither the Google cloud gaming platforms are available to the public outside stock exchanges. Google is scheduled to officially launch Stages sometime in November.
We probably won't have to wait long to find out more about how well EA's service works, given that the test should be live for at least a few lucky players later tonight.