EA Games has announced it will begin testing a trial for its newly-announced Project Atlas cloud-based gaming service. The company revealed anyone with an EA Origin account could potentially gain access to the trial by just having an account. The trial kicked off this morning at 07:00 in SA.
Players who are selected to take part in the trial will have access to four games. FIFA 19, Titanfall 2, Need for Speed Rivals and Unravel. The Project Atlas trial has been put in place to test how these games run in real-world scenarios including jitter and latency.
We don’t know when the service will actually launch but the current test could give us an indication of just how far EA has gone with developing its own cloud-based gaming service. EA’s Ken Moss says “EA is working on leveraging AWS and the public cloud”.
The streaming service will allow gamers to stream their libraries across smart TVs, OTT streaming devices, PC or Mac laptops, tablets, and smartphones. The current trial will also feature cross-play allowing gamers to interact with each other no matter what device they are testing it on.
EA does have a one-up on the Google Stadia right now allowing people (Origin account owners) to test this service out before it launches. Stadia has yet to undergo any public testing and has no current plans to do so. The only testing that has taken place is private between developers.
If EA Games and its cloud gaming service Project Atlas works then we will most likely see it land quite soon but we will keep you updated. Of course, we don’t know the state of a local launch plan is given how we are left out of most, if not all cloud-based gaming services due to the lack of local data servers.