Back in 2020, Electronic Arts announced that its Origin launcher was being updated and rebranded as the EA App. More than two years later, it’s finally ready to go: EA announced today that the app is now out of open beta and will soon step over Origin’s corpse to take its place as EA’s “primary PC platform.”
Game publisher Electronic Arts (EA) will begin rolling out a new app for Windows users which will replace Origin, two years after announcing its intention to replace its Origin PC client.
The publisher claims that the app is the fastest and lightest PC client yet.
Having just completed its beta phase, the new app has promised a streamlined design and easier navigation by EA. The app will allow users to connect their EA accounts to platforms like Steam, Xbox and PlayStation.
The EA app enables connections so that an “ultimate” friends list can be built, consisting of friends on other platforms and services such as Steam, Xbox and PlayStation. Players will receive a “custom unique ID” so that they are “easily recognisable” as well as being able to see what their friends list is playing.
For users on the Origin platform, EA will be “inviting” them to move over to the EA app soon, as well as ensuring that by the time their invite is received, “all” games and content will be on the app waiting. Local and cloud saves will transfer to the new app, as well as Origin friends lists.
The EA app is our fastest and lightest PC client to date,” EA said. “With the new streamlined design you will easily find the games and content you’re looking for and discover your new favorite games. With automatic game downloads and background updates you can ensure that your games are ready to play when you are.”
Along with all the usual launcher stuff, the EA app will also connect to other platforms, including Steam, PlayStation, and Xbox, so users will be able to integrate their friend lists and stay on top of what everyone else is doing.
Upgrading from Origin
The process of upgrading from Origin to the app is simple: Download the EA app, run the installer, and it’ll rip out the old launcher root and stem, and drop itself in its place. Is it better?
Honestly, we have used Origin so rarely that we can’t fairly compare, but but the app definitely seems faster, and the layout is simpler. The store page is a simple grid of icons that can be sorted by genre, players, languages, or inclusion in EA Play, and installed games are listed in the left-hand sidebar, just below a link to your library. Store pages load quickly, and their layouts are simple and easy to read.
EA stated in its blog, that it will soon invite all Origin users to switch to the new app which will have transferred all user data including the friends list. The new app client is only available to Windows users currently.