In a surprising move, EA announced that technical tests of their cloud gaming service, Project Atlas, will begin tonight at midnight CDT. Signups will occur through the EA Community Playtesting portal, and testers will need an EA Origin account to begin the sign-up process. The details of the test were announced in a Medium post by EA's CTO Ken Moss and further confirmed by The Verge.
The current round of technical tests will run for two weeks, and feature four games, each designed to test the capabilities of Project Atlas. All of the progress testers accrue during the current run will carry over to their regular Origin accounts. Note that the current test is solely confined to "cloud gaming on PC," but EA is obviously looking at how to approach cloud gaming on other devices and platforms. The games in the test are:
- FIFA 19
- Need for Speed Rivals
- Titanfall 2
As we found earlier this month at PAX West, testing Google's Stadia streaming project in a controlled environment works well enough, but there's no telling how well it will perform in the real world. For what it's worth, this is precisely the reason why EA is running a surprise technical test; testing connections across the world will reveal just how possible Project Atlas will be. If you're interested in testing Project Atlas, you can sign up through this link.