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. Electronic Arts — maker of Madden, FIFA and super-popular battle royale Apex Legends — is getting in on the coming streaming tech arms race, and it’s looking for people to help the company test its cloud gaming capabilities.
In other words, there’s going to be a beta. (Technically, it’s an Alpha.) It will likely work similarly to Google’s initial “Project Stream” beta last year, which was an early test for its upcoming game-streaming platform, Google Stadia.
Not the latest games, but there are some fun ones in there. If you get in, you’ll be able to play them on “any device,” including PC and Mac laptops, tablets, phones, smart TVs, and over-the-top streaming boxes. Some of these will probably be more feasible than others, depending on whether or not you have a controller that can sync to them.
EA did not announce when its cloud gaming beta will begin. For now, you can sign up for EA’s community playtest program to join the potential test pool.
To volunteer, go the EA Cloud Gaming Technical Test sign up page. You’ll need an EA account to sign up — if you have an account on Origin, EA’s PC publishing platform, that counts.
If you don’t have one, you can sign up on EA’s website.
Keep in mind that signing up for the community playtesting group does not guarantee that you’ll be selected for the beta. It just puts you in the running to be selected, like signing up to see test screenings for movies. That said, if you sign up, I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you.