While everybody and their grandmother is lining up on the other side of the digital distribution fence with all their cash in hand, things have been quiet over at Electronic Arts. Presumably they’re shaking their heads with grim expressions of disappointment or admonishment on their faces while Steam cheapens all those intellectual properties right on their front doorstep. Not to be outdone, Origin (which is still in beta, technically) is rolling out their 9.0 update soon (a beta that you can sign up for. Yes, a beta in a beta. It’s like Inception.) with a few new features integrated into it.
What features, you might ask? Well, there’s a clock in the overlay now; you can also have the friends list free float from the client too. Lastly, but obviously not least, their menus are more navigable! Will wonders never cease?
I often find myself jumping to Origin’s defense, particularly over its functionality and the fact that you need to use it to play EA’s products. These things are no more than what Valve expects of you when purchasing their games, but EA seems to largely be missing the mark when it comes to convincing players that their DD client is anything more than a necessary evil to play the EA exclusives. I’m not sure a clock is going to do it, you know?
Sources: EA’s “The Beat”