We recently revealed EA’s purchase of Cloud Gaming Assets from GameFly. During that reveal, we theorized that this could mean that Cloud Gaming is coming to Origin. During Today’s E3 Press Conference, EA confirmed just that.
EA considers the combination of streaming plus subscription to be “the greatest disruption to the consumption of entertainment media in the last five years…” During Saturday’s E3 Press Conference, EA CEO Andrew Wilson took the stage to discuss the future of Gaming at EA.
“As consumers, watching movies, watching TV, listening to music, reading books has never been easier. And we believe that disruption is going to have a profound impact on our industry in the next few years.” -Andrew Wilson
The Future is coming soon
EA is working on bringing their extensive library of Games to the Cloud. While he emphasized that their technology isn’t ready for primetime yet, Andrew invited the audience at E3 to test their Cloud Gaming service during the conference. This move suggests that their service is at least stable enough to handle a small audience right now.
Andrew also talked briefly about their acquisition of technology and staff from GameFly. This new resource is making their new Cloud Gaming service possible. We can expect their Cloud Gaming service to span platforms and devices.
EA also revealed changes to their Origin Access subscription. While they didn’t specifically talk about how Cloud Gaming will integrate with Origin Access, it isn’t hard to imagine the two working together. It potentially gives players the option of downloading or streaming their games.
They aren’t ready to reveal when we can expect their service to launch. They also didn’t provide any specifics about pricing or about supported regions. Today’s announcement is meant to emphasize EA’s commitment to the future. Hopefully more details will emerge soon.
What do you think? How much would you be willing to pay to enjoy their Games in the Cloud? Let us know in the comments!
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