EA is testing its cloud gaming service

EA is testing its cloud gaming service

EA is testing its cloud gaming service

First, we want to ensure that there is strong quality of service in cloud gaming by being able to adjust to real-world, often less than ideal, conditions such as unstable bandwidth and network strength.

Many of gaming's biggest companies are betting that cloud gaming - playing games streamed from a server, rather than downloaded and run on individual PCs - is where the games industry is going.

EA had first announced the cloud gaming service under the name Project Atlas in November a year ago, which Moss now says is only partially made up of cloud gaming.

In terms of technology, EA is promising some of the same things the other services are in terms of cross play and cross saving, but could face technical challenges due to the fact that it's the smallest publisher trying game-streaming.

Now, EA is ready to showcase what it's been working on through a closed beta programme.

This test's main objective 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". Over the last decade, latency and jitter have made cloud gaming a non-starter for any serious gamer. For now, the free trial is open to only PCs, but EA plans on also offering the technology across multiple device types, wrote Ken Moss, EA's chief technology officer in a blog post on Monday. The test will also help see how the cloud tech performs across a variety of gaming genres. "From the visual fidelity for games that are known for stunning graphics and demanding rendering, to the uncompromised precision and accuracy which are so critical to multiplayer FPS games - all of this must perform seamlessly".

Users selected to participate in the trial period will be able to play four games - Federation Internationale de Football Association 19, Need for Speed Rivals, Titanfall 2, and Unravel.

"Cloud gaming is coming".

"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".

The trial is created to measure how EA's games perform in real-world conditions, including unstable bandwidth and network strength, and to test the technical functionality of cross-play, with cloud gaming trial participants able to interact with the PC players on Origin, and cross-progression.

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