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EA opens private beta for its own cloud gaming service

As we’re getting closer to the public availability of Microsoft’s Project xCloud and Google Stadia, EA is getting ready to fire back with its own cloud gaming service codenamed Project Atlas. We heard the first details about the service a year ago, and EA announced yesterday that it was opening up registrations for its first Cloud Gaming Technical Trial.

Only four EA games will be available during this private beta, FIFA 19, Titanfall 2, Need for Speed Rivals, and Unravel. The service will be powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS), and this first trial will only be available for PC players. If you’re already invested in EA’s Origin platform on PC, be aware that the trial will also support cross progression and cross play with Origin games.

EA may be focusing on PC first with this upcoming Technical Trial, but the company aims to make Project Atlas available on many more devices, including smartphones. Ken Moss, Chief Technology Officer at Electronic Arts, shared EA’s ambitious vision of the service:

One of the most exciting parts of cloud gaming will be the ability to deliver full-scale HD games to any device a player wants to use, such as a smart TV, OTT streaming devices, PC or Mac laptops, tablets, and smartphones. This means that you would be able to stream a Madden HD game directly to the smart TV in your living room, or even in a hotel room if you’re traveling. You could even also continue same session on the go, right on your smartphone.

If you want to participate to this first Project Atlas trial, you’ll have to sign in to the Community Playtesting Hub with your EA Account. However, be aware that this won’t guarantee you a seat for this upcoming Cloud Gaming Technical Trial.

"Cloud gaming is coming. It’s no longer a question of if, but when. It’s still really early days but we’re excited to take this next step in our learning, and it’s great to be able to do it with some of you in our community,” Moss said yesterday.

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