EA’s Origin Client Comes to Mac in Limited Alpha
After debuting on Windows two years ago, EA’s games digital distribution platform Origin has arrived on Mac as a limited alpha. Announced this week, the client is available to only “a few thousand users” in North America and the UK. While the client features the same look and feel as the Windows variant, many features are still forthcoming. For instance, the app currently lacks access to the company’s digital storefront, limiting functionality of the service to only titles already installed on your machine via other methods or clients. What’s worse, EA says that the storefront won’t be available until the final release of the client later this year.
Those who try out the alpha will, however, have full access to the service’s social features, cloud saving, and access the in-game Origin overlay on supported titles. Alpha testers will also get a free copy of PopCap’s Bookworm added to their library.
The alpha is available from Origin.com now and requires a minimum of Intel Core 2 Duo processor and OS X 10.6.8 or newer.
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By Scott Lowe