EVE Online can now be played directly through the web browser
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m always looking for new ways to play games on the web. From Afterplay to Jam.gg to “Play!” and more, I’m always in awe of everything a browser can do, but somehow this completely flew under my radar – EVE Online can now be played without downloading and without Nvidia GeForce NOW !
Aptly named “EVE Anywhere,” the initiative moves the popular space MMO out of its restricted beta for premium players and into the hands of all Capsuleers, whether new or returning as an alpha! That’s right, start your favorite browser (Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Edge) on PCs, tablets and even Chromebooks and maintain an internet connection of at least 25 Mbps in the US and some European countries like UK, Switzerland, and Germany (more territories coming later this year), and you can start hacking in a second in no time.
Starting today, Alpha pilots can now take advantage of EVE Anywhere, the revolutionary cloud platform that puts New Eden right in your browser of choice!
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Obviously, not every hardcore EVE gamer is going to use the browser exclusively, especially after buying a powerful gaming PC, but it does give everyone the ability to play the game well, anywhere. If you’re just trying to check your ship in a boring meeting (don’t do that, your boss will be able to tell what’s eating up your bandwidth!) or if you’re a new player who doesn’t have access to a platform expensive, EVE Anywhere is perfect.
Luckily for the latter group, Chromebooks are both affordable and increasingly capable as gaming machines thanks to the cloud gaming efforts of several companies including Google, Nvidia, Amazon, and Microsoft. The game will run at 1080p resolution and 60fps, by the way, so it’s not like it’s going to be a disposable crap experience.
The only downside to all of this is that anyone playing the alpha will have to spend 30 Plex (the in-game currency) to get just 24 hours of gameplay. Gamesradar did some math and figured that out equals around $1.50 for 24 hours of browser access. Because I’m not a serious EVE player, I don’t know how hard it is to earn, especially for new players, but I do know it would equate to more than an Nvidia GeForce Now subscription after a months of EVE-exclusive gameplay, so players will have to choose their poison.
I imagine the Plex paywall is temporary and once the alpha is complete there will be no payment for free players especially if they want this method of accessing the game to remain viable but for right now, there’s no way to know. Many EVE players don’t really understand what niche CCP Games is trying to carve out for themselves, as spending 30 Plex to connect from the web browser seems odd at first glance, but once you think about the Eastern countries that still have a lot of internet cafes, that might make a little more sense.
YouTuber Rushlock Media brought up an interesting point wondering if this browser game method will allow anyone to open multiple instances of the game, effectively cheating. If you qualify based on the criteria listed below, follow the instructions here to access EVE Anywhere. Good game !
To join the ranks of pioneering EVE pilots who have tried EVE Anywhere, head to the home page where eligible, logged-in pilots who are in Omega Clone State will find a “Launch EVE Online” button once logged in. If you’re not currently an Omega, head to the EVE Store to upgrade now and gain access to EVE Anywhere, all of EVE’s best ships and skills, double skill training speed, and to all other Omega benefits.
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