EA brings Origin cloud gaming platform to Mac

News Jane McCallion Jan 25, 2013
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Apple users get limited alpha trial, with full release coming 'soon'

Electronic Arts (EA) is bringing its Origin cloud gaming platform to Mac, starting with the release of an alpha testing client.

“The Mac client feels and behaves exactly like the PC version. Just like PC gamers, you'll be able to add non-Origin games to your library, use the Origin In Game overlay, chat with friends across platforms and games, and can continue your saved progress from any Origin-enabled Mac,” said EA in a blog post.

“We’re very excited about the upcoming launch of Origin for Mac and the opportunity to reach the millions of Mac-based gamers out there," it added.

The alpha test client does not give Mac users access to the Origin Store, but will do when the full version is released. Users will also receive a free version of puzzle game Bookworm.

At the moment, users are unable to use the product to stream gameplay, although EA says it is “working to add this feature as soon as possible.”

Cloud storage, on the other hand, is available immediately.

Mac users are able to download the alpha testing version of the Origin client straight away, providing their computer is running OSX 10.6.8 or later and is powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo processor or better.

No release date has yet been given for the full version of the client.

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