Electronic Arts has announced a new platform, Project Atlas. This will be a cloud gaming platform, which is apparently the next big thing in the video game industry right now. This means that Project Atlas will be capable of streaming EA’s games onto just about any mobile device or computer system, as long as you have a fast enough internet connection.
Ken Moss, Chief Technology Officer at EA detailed Project Atlas in a blog posted on Medium sometime ago. It should also be noted that this was done shortly (just a few weeks) after both Google and Microsoft both revealed their own cloud gaming platforms.
Through cloud gaming, players would be able to play games on any device, as long as they had the internet speed to handle it. Basically, cloud gaming uses a server to stream games directly to the player, and the player’s controller inputs are sent back to the server. Since all the heavy duty stuff is handled by the server itself, players no longer need to worry about expensive rigs or consoles to play the latest games.
Google’s cloud gaming platform, “ProjectStream”, has already been tried with the recent Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey. All you needed was Google Chrome and an internet speed of at least 25 mbps. The experience, as explained by many, was akin to playing on a console. It’s still limited to only desktops right now though.
Microsoft’s cloud gaming platform is called “xCloud”, and will run on MS’s Azure Cloud computing service. Unlike Google’s ProjectStream, xCloud hasn’t been beta tested yet, but is set to have its first runs in 2019. Microsoft has confirmed that several of its popular titles will be utilising the platform, including Halo, Gears of War and Forza. There’s also rumours to suggest that the next gen Xbox will utilise cloud gaming.
So, it’s not surprising to see EA jump on the same bandwagon, they definitely do have what it would require to compete with the two giants already in the field. Now comes the question of whether the three giants would be willing to share their games on other streaming platforms.
Manish "Trigger-Happy" Rajesh
If he's not gaming, he's... no wait he's always gaming.