EA Kicks Off Free Trials of Cloud Gaming Service for PC Users

EA is testing its cloud gaming service

EA is testing its cloud gaming service

In the upcoming "EA Cloud Gaming Technical Trial", players will get access to four games - Titanfall 2, Federation Internationale de Football Association 19, Need for Speed Rivals and Unravel. "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".

"Now that the global cloud infrastructure is finally reaching ubiquity, EA is working on leveraging AWS 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", Moss wrote. The test is being held in order to ensure "real-world, often less than ideal, conditions such as unstable bandwidth and network strength".

The focus of the game is cross-play, which means that participants will be using different types of gaming devices to play with other participants at the same time.

To be clear, Project Atlas is the name of EA's overall cloud gaming R&D effort, and actual game streaming is "just one very specific part of that vision".

Electronic Arts announced Project Atlast back in October 2018, with chief technology officer Ken Moss describing it as a 'cloud native' platform ' designed from the core to harness the massive power of cloud computing and artificial intelligence and putting it into the hands of game makers in a powerful, easy to use, one-stop experience.

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"Our pursuit of cloud gaming is rooted in our games and our players". We've said all along that we want to be where our players are. The intent of the technical test is to understand the latency and "jitter" of the game in real-world scenarios. "We want to make sure that our games are able to perform beautifully and seamlessly in any situation and on any platform".

EA Games emphasizes that the test is more of a technical test rather than a public beta.

To take part in the Project Atlas test, log into your EA account (or sign up, if you don't already have one), then hit the "Community Playtesting" tab at the bottom of the sidebar menu. "It's no longer a question of if, but when", Moss continued.

Update: EA has clarified that inclusion in the test is not automatic: A limited number of testers will be selected from among the applicants.

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