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EA's new streaming service trial for Project Atlas includes FIFA 19

EA is launching a trial for its own cloud streaming service and Stadia rival, named Project Atlas.

Project Atlas is still currently in the beta stages of development but will give everyone who has an EA Origin account a chance of getting into a closed beta to test out a range of titles for the new cloud streaming service.

The trial will run for two weeks starting this week (9 September) and the players EA select will have access to the following titles: FIFA 19, Need For Speed Rivals, Unravel, and Titanfall 2. Sadly, the trial is only available for those on PC.

‘We’re also testing a wide breadth of games and genres to be able to better understand how the streaming technology performs across each. 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’, said EA in a blog.

One of EA’s goals is to plan and test for cross-play compatibility; however, during the trial, players will only be able to interact with other PC players, regardless of whether they are using Project Atlas or not.

According to EA, the most exciting thing about Project Atlas is that it has the ability to play full-scale HD games on any device you want, such as PC or Mac laptops, desktops, and smart TVs. So you’ll be able to continue your game where you left off on your smart TV to using another device such as your smartphone, and no progress will be lost.

Project Atlas was announced in October last year and is EA’s counter to other cloud streaming services such as Google Stadia and Microsoft’s xCloud.

Although EA are the first, it may be inevitable that individual publishers will all end up having their own services, just as every film and TV company going is currently planning its own TV subscription service.

At the moment though Ubisoft seems happy to keep the recently announced Uplay+ as part of Stadia, but it may not stay there forever.

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