Limited Origin for Mac enters alpha

Testing period for new version of EA virtual marketplace does not include Origin Store or Twitch support; full client to be released "soon."

Origin is on its way to Mac. Electronic Arts has announced that a limited alpha version of the virtual marketplace is now available to download for users in North America and the United Kingdom. EA said it will admit only a "few thousand" users to the trial period.

Origin for Mac is aiming to rival its Windows counterpart in terms of services and functionality, including cloud storage, auto-patching, and friends list support. However, the Origin Store is missing from the alpha trial, as are Twitch streaming options.

A free copy of PopCap's puzzle game Bookworm will be given to all who take part in the Origin for Mac alpha trial. The game will remain in players' libraries when the alpha period comes to a close.

The full Origin for Mac client will launch "soon," EA said.

Origin currently has 30 million members, compared to Steam's 50 million.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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santinegrete
santinegrete

On a side note, if you register you digital purchase of some Steam games of EA, you also get them on Origin if you use the same mail to create your account :)

santinegrete
santinegrete

Hey Mac users, do you know that overused parody of Nike's motto? it applies here with Origin for you: "Don't do it".

MatrixGamer78
MatrixGamer78

Great 30 millions with just few titles what happen if Origin had a lot of titles like Steam definately Steam would be a big loser...

Mega_Loser
Mega_Loser

hm, nice. enjoy that, mac users.

yay.

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

Extraordinary Assholes (EA) should just drop their pathatic attempt at DRM/digital distribution

there is a lot of BF titles on steam (including bad company 2) so why split your account to one steam and one origin? that's retarded 

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

I'd rather they release games both on Steam and Origin.  Since they're a publisher, they should have control over pricing.  Make the Steam version cost more than the Origin version, or give incentives to Origin users or something.  I think it's silly to exclude Steam.  It's actually keeping me away from buying EA games that aren't on Steam altogether more than it is encouraging me to use Origin.

DemonChorro
DemonChorro

30 million members, but how many of them are ACTIVE? I shamefully have to admit I have an Origin account for BF3 and ME3 but haven't touched those games in about 8-10 months.

Monsta1217
Monsta1217

I LOVE MY MAC but i hate EA come on STEAM beat the Competition give us MAC users Paradise XD

JulyAeon
JulyAeon

as long as you don't mind having your replay values eliminated with zest and are prepared to spend spend spend on multi player, dismal single player, day one dlc's....

blackace
blackace

Wow, I didn't know that Origin was that big already. 30 million users? Impressive. I wonder how many Mac users will jump on board?

DaemonPrince666
DaemonPrince666

I dont give a damn about a terrible company making software for a terrible platform

DrKill09
DrKill09

What is this, 1998?  Nobody uses Mac's anymore.

xMoonDevilx
xMoonDevilx

Doesn't matter whether one likes/hates EA or Origin, or prefers Valve Steam...it is simply a good sign for Mac users, and Gaming ing general that more companies are getting over the notion of WIN Only environments. While not all Devs may be afforded development of Mac clients, those like EA do have the funds...and perhaps either got over the stupid elitist type Fanboy wars raging on both sides of the PC/Mac tantrums, or just realized that even a small roughly 30% market share can adds up to millions earned. Has assisted Blizzard and Activision for years, and EA being the money grabbers they are can certainly get on board. The notion of 'No plans for Mac port right now'...is just archaic thinking in this day and age. Should be availability regardless of platform.

spoonybard-hahs
spoonybard-hahs

Better article title: "Origin Enters Limited Alpha for Mac."

Or: "EA Begins Limited Origin for Mac."

Or: "EA Shits All Over Hipsters"

(Sorry, couldn't resist on that last one!)

green_scorpion
green_scorpion

As a mac user I would just like to say thanks, EA, but no, thanks. 

egger7577
egger7577

A majority of these users are Battlefield 3 players.

demonkingx5
demonkingx5

origin on windows is a total mess let alone on mac 

sieg6529
sieg6529

Strayeth ye not from the one true path of Valve.  

shantyshocker
shantyshocker

30 million full of Battlefield 3 players , A disappointing Mass Effect 3 fans who just bought a 70$!!!! deluxe version!! and some husk accounts arrgg I hate Origin

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

Cool maybe EA will support macs more, personally get my stuff from steam but don't mind getting EA exclusives from Origin too much as I really don't have a choice in the matter, just wish it was integrated inside the game with an external updater rather than a full blown client.

PureDarkness17
PureDarkness17

I really like Origin but I do wish DLC for games where a bit easier to find. Other than that it's a great service.

Saladudo
Saladudo

30M forced-to-be users compared to 50M delighted-to-be users.

pal_080
pal_080

Gee I'm sure MAC owners are just thrilled to have such an awesome service now available...  (sarcasm by the way)

grnionio
grnionio

@thequickshooter I don't know, maybe because you want to play Battlefield 3 and Battlefield 4 later on?

And why do you have two email addresses, that's retarded... 

Hurvl
Hurvl

@jinzo9988 I don't want to have a lot of external programs installed or accounts on different sites just to get to the games I want. I've got Steam installed and I have an account on GoG, that's enough for me. It would take something extra for me to add more sites or programs to that list and so far I haven't seen any reason to do so. With my backlog, they'll have started work on the sequel to Mass Effect 4, before I feel the need to install Origin just to play Mass Effect 3. Steam has earned its place on my computer, Origin has not, though I like that both Valve and EA are adding support for non-PC/Windows options.

WarFox89
WarFox89

@DemonChorro There are also millions of Steam users that are not Active.Yet the number of users that Origin has is pretty impressive relatively to that fact that Origin is almost 2 years at the market and in "beta" state compared to Steam - Software that has been quite a long established

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

@DemonChorro I'm in the exact same boat.  I actually felt like buying NFS Most Wanted the other day but passed when I learned it wasn't on Steam.  I did buy a few of the Sims 3 expansions and stuff on Steam since they're at a sane price to add to the rest of the Sims 3 crap that I have.  Take that for what it's worth EA.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

@DrKill09 I use both and find my Mac far more reliable, plus the elderly and those who don't have the time, or are not computer savvy, will always choose the Mac...  Although I am writing this on my Dell.

blackace
blackace

@Saladudo I'm not using either right now and I'm very happy. Go figure. 

RabidBurp
RabidBurp

@Saladudo 

I'm not downloading an entire gaming client to play one freakin' game. (Dead Space 3)


No $$$ for EA Origin from this happy Steam user.

thorn3000
thorn3000

@RabidBurp downloading an ENTIRE gaming client!?!? hmm, that client has like 50 megabytes tops....just saying....

grnionio
grnionio

@RabidBurp I'm pretty sure you need to do the same thing if you'd like to play for example: Counter Strike, Left for Dead, Portal, Call of Duty (MW2 and later) and go on. 

I'm delighted to use both Steam and Origin, I have plenty of games on both of them, and I'm happy I can register all of my EA games to keep them save digitally and download them any time I need them, anywhere. For example, I now have all of my The Sims 3 games available in one place for both my PC and Mac. No need to use those stupid DVDs to install each one of them.

So I really have a hard time to understand all the hate...

Bane_09
Bane_09

@grnionio @thequickshooter lol origin is f*cking awful, I will never buy another EA game that forces me to use it because of my experiences with trying to play BF3. Steam >>>>>>>>>>>>> origin

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

@grnionio @thequickshooter well for once they've ruin the mass effect series 

they made BF3 110$ because there is too little maps and they basicly force you to buy their "premium" 

and worst of all,microtransactions and online passes 

because of them ubisoft fallows their footsteps and keep ruining games 

for me EA is the worst,cause they ruin good series of games, unlike activision who just ruined spider-man for me. but just publish rehashed shit every year 

plus they've cut off the online functonality of many games such as burnout, lord of the rings conquest and many many more 


grnionio
grnionio

@thequickshooter @grnionio I don't know, why are you hatting EA? Did they caused you pain, any kind of trauma or something? Besides, I find their attempt on digital distribution pretty decent, and not "pathetic".

grnionio
grnionio

@Mega_Loser @grnionio @RabidBurp I think EA is "forcing" their DRM to stay competitive. And we need a competitive EA. 

Also, as you said, EA is a company. A pretty large one. So I'm not shocked they want to make money. Especially if there are people buying their "little" extras. 

For e.g. go check Battlefield's Premium sales. It's crazy. If I saw that kind of demand, I would do the same thing in their position. Totally normal.

And I hate whining. Origin is just another program, between the tens of useless someone already has, which is required to play EA's games, like Battlefield 3, Mass Effect 3, Dead Space 3, SimCity, Most Wanted, whatever. You're not forced to play these games, neither to purchase DLCs and extras. Plus, if you won't use a digital service to purchase your games, where will you get them from? Retailers? Like, DVDs? That's sad...

Again, I cannot understand the hate and that unfiltered contempt towards Origin. I find it really useful. Maybe we just like hate to hate, EA in particular?


Mega_Loser
Mega_Loser

@grnionio@RabidBurp

that's great for you and i'm happy that it makes you happy.

but EA is forcing their drm for the monies.

why not do a search on youtube for "EA CEO John Riccitiello On Gaming Microtransactions"

The youtube vid does not condemn their drm client but does indicate the direction of the company.