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origin_news_header_723x250.jpg POSTED BY EA Staff ON Jul 16, 2012

What's Coming In Origin 9.0?

Origin 9.0 is nearly here! In the coming days, we’ll be rolling out a landmark update to millions of Origin users worldwide, beginning with players who have opted in to beta updates and going live for everyone else soon thereafter.

Your suggestions and feedback over the past few months have driven many of the changes you’ll see in Origin 9.0. We’ve added a clock to Origin In-Game, increased your control over your My Games library, and made our menus more navigable. And today, we’re very excited to share a first look at what's coming.

Let’s start with the Origin friends list.

Unlike in previous versions of Origin, where your friends list was fused to the main client window, the list in 9.0 is free-floating and mobile, making it easier to chat both in-game and out:

If you’re not feeling social, just close the list. You can pop it up again at any time by selecting Show Friends List from the Friends menu, or by clicking on the  icon, which also shows how many of your friends are online:

You may also have noticed that we’ve replaced our old navigation with a new, more intuitive pulldown menu system. Options and settings can now be accessed through the Origin menu, and the Help menu has been expanded to include direct links to live chat, our forums, and your order history.

Another big change in 9.0 is our revamp of the My Games library. First off, we’ve added a slider to let you resize game images, so you can make them as small…

Or as large…

As you like.

Secondly, we’ve moved buttons like Download and Install to a new hover card. From here, you can click the info button to bring up the game’s detail page, which includes all cloud storage and add-on information for that game:

Many of you will also be happy to hear that we've heeded your requests and moved forward production of our in-game clock. Bring up Origin In-Game in 9.0 and you’ll see it featured prominently in the upper right-hand corner:

And last (but in many ways first), we’ve improved the overall performance of the client, making 9.0 an even smoother experience for Origin gamers.

As we promised previously, we'll also be hosting a second online Origin chat, where we'll show off Origin 9.0 and answers your questions about the client, our changes, and more. Check back on our blog in the next week or two for an announcement of the chat date and time.

Thank you again for all of your feedback and input over the past few months. We’ve worked hard to make 9.0 what it is, and we hope you enjoy using it as much as we’ve enjoyed creating it.

 

Ready for 9.0?

Opt in to beta updates and get 9.0 early. Here’s how:

1.  Launch the Origin client and log in to your account.

2.  Click the gear icon and select Settings from the drop-down menu.

3.  Scroll down to Origin Pre-Release Participation and check the box next to “Update to the pre-release version if available.”

4.  Click Close to save your settings.

Comments (40)

  1. +21 -6
    I have to say, I am quite amazed at how good this update looks. You guys have done a wonderful job and I can't wait to try it out and see the changes for myself. Keep up the good work! and thank you for listening to the community. :)
    Jul 16, 2012
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  2. +8 -27
    ia the above comment serious? imma go take a look at my steam, you know, steam greenlight, workshop, summer sale, community, cheevos, so much more than this crap which has the sam efugly interface, please
    Jul 16, 2012
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    1. +2 -4
      lol when you get downvoted... so much EA drones around XD
      Jul 16, 2012
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    2. +6 -4
      Are you serious? Steam has been out for what 7+ years and Origin for only 1 year. Of course there would be a difference in service, you'd have to be blind to not see that. Do you remember how crappy Steam was? Especially the first 3 years of release. Even now a lot of games you get on Steam do not work, cause of their horrible servers. LOL. At least EA is working with the community on how to make it better, while Valve ignores their fans.(Where is HL: episode 3?/What about them killing off TF2? making it all about hats and not listening to the community at all. So many people stopped playing that game.) LOL
      Jul 16, 2012
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    3. +4 -6
      lololol EA cares about their customers? What a joke. Meanwhile in your head - *Maximum fanboy mode engaged*
      Jul 16, 2012
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    4. +5 -3
      Not sure whats so funny. EA at least listens to their fanbase, unlike other companies like Valve, which seem to totally ignore us.
      Jul 16, 2012
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    5. +2 -4
      Again the song "EA is listen to us" ... by putting a clock and floatable friendlist. I can't deal with the mindless fanboys. Impossibru. I'm going home!
      Jul 16, 2012
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    6. +3 -1
      0/10 troll
      Jul 16, 2012
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    7. +4 0
      funny how we're fanboys when you're the one raging on competitors forums because they won't use your favorite toy...
      Jul 16, 2012
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    8. 0 -2
      Origin have been around since 2005 under a bunch of different names. Your "only 1 year" argument is invalid since this is only the latest iteration in a bunch of iterations for EA's content delivery platform. If you want to compare two iterations with one another, perhaps a more fair comparison is between Origin as of right now and Steam after the 2010 update? It just happens to be the latest and biggest iteration change in the history of Steam.
      Jul 17, 2012
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    9. +2 -2
      Those who have Steam, will hate Origin !!!
      Jul 17, 2012
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    10. +3 0
      Elaborate, mak107, please. Because from what I can see, Origin does everything to cater to Steam users. The last couple of interface iterations and feature additions has brought the client closer than ever to Steam. The way to differentiate and make yourself big in a market is by innovating and providing unique features, not by copying whatever the biggest client around provides.
      Jul 17, 2012
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    11. +1 -1
      Dear Aemony. They made many games exclusive available only in Origin. For example, I would buy Mass Effect 3 if it was in Steam. They should make Origin ready before they announce such limitations. For me, it is very annoying to go to Origin Store. Steam provides lots of information before you even buy it, compared to Origin. Copying is not the key to success, I agree. But they should have the minimum of what people expect, and put their own features. Steam always innovates, their Summer Sale blew away everything. EA games are better presented in Steam, than in Origin.
      Jul 17, 2012
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    12. +1 -5
      Those who have Steam, will hate Origin !!!
      Jul 17, 2012
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    13. 0 0
      I have Steam but I'm entirely neutral to that. No client is perfect and IMO there are good n bad qualities in both but depending on what you are looking for. In most cases, only you can make the adjustment for yourself....
      Jul 21, 2012
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    14. +5 -1
      @mak107: I have steam, and I do not hate Origin at all. I even have 120+ or so Steam games, and yet, I still prefer Origin. So stop being ignorant and assuming that us pc gamers that use Steam, for some reason hate Origin. I know a ton of people that use both services, and quite a lot of people that prefer Origin over Steam. So yeah. I find it funny it's only on forums and certain sites that EA haters exist. In the real world, so many people buy and enjoy EA products.
      Jul 17, 2012
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    15. 0 0
      @Rage: "only on forums and certain sites"
      Jul 19, 2012
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    16. 0 -2
      Eh, EA haters are everywhere, doesn't stop me from loving em. I'm no Steam hater but there are certainly things it does that bother me.
      Jul 21, 2012
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  3. +11 0
    There's still one more thing we're missing here: Screenshots :) Being able to take screenshots of any game without the finicky Print Screen system (that doesn't always work with games anyway) is a really great feature that could do a lot to garner customer support.
    Jul 16, 2012
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    1. +2 0
      I really hope they bring this feature soon.
      Jul 16, 2012
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    2. +1 -1
      This is certainly a feature that we're looking to add in a future update. Thanks for your feedback.
      Jul 16, 2012
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    3. +1 -3
      Hi StormHale. I was once like you and desired this feature, but then I realized that asking for such a feature when the Origin Team could actually innovate is quite egoistical of me, since there's already a bulletproof way to guarantee easy screenshots and sharing these online. What I'm talking about is using the free third-party Steam client to provide this very feature. It works flawlessly as well in all Origin games, just be sure to add whatever game you want as a Non-Steam Game and disable Origin's in-game overlay thingy. You're then free to take screenshots with a mere push of a button (F12 as default), and can easily share or relocate these after the game has been closed. Instead of just copying already existing features easily implemented by using a third-party, the Origin Team could actually try to differentiate themselves from the competitors by implementing unique and cool features. This is the way they garner a lot of customer support, not by constantly copying whatever feature their main competitor has in an attempt to cater to the same users. I'm quite ashamed to see that you care not for the future of Origin, and are quite happy with it becoming quite the run-of-the-mill Steam clone.
      Jul 17, 2012
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    4. 0 0
      And it should be in PNG, not some JPEG at 60% quality.
      Jul 18, 2012
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    5. +2 0
      I would actually recommend using Xfire over Steam for taking screenshots, due to Steam not always working and all. I'm sure eventually we will get the feature with Origin. It just takes time.
      Jul 18, 2012
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  4. +12 -2
    The update looks useful. Any chance for Origin/EA achievements in future updates? Unlocking them was cool in ME3 for example, but sharing it with friends is what its all about!
    Jul 16, 2012
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    1. +3 0
      I remember them saying they were looking into the achievements bit and all. Since it's possibly the most requested update people want.
      Jul 16, 2012
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    2. +5 0
      This is a feature that we are actively looking to add in a future update, and this has been requested by a large portion of our userbase. Thanks for the feedback.
      Jul 16, 2012
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  5. +7 -15
    Spyware 9.0 Also - "It took us months to put a simple time function and make the friendlist window float". You know what EA... just use Valve's Steam service, lol...
    Jul 16, 2012
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    1. +4 -4
      Why would they use Steam? When Origin is now catching up to them and has a ton of fans. LOL
      Jul 16, 2012
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    2. Comment Flagged +4 -5
      The only thing Origin is catching up is the flies... EA fans are brain dead people. No normal person will ever like EA.
      Jul 16, 2012
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    3. +6 -3
      Sure, go away troll.
      Jul 16, 2012
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  6. Comment Flagged +5 -1
    The update looks useful. Any chance for Origin/EA achievements in future updates? Unlocking them was cool in ME3 for example, but sharing it with friends is what its all about!
    Jul 16, 2012
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    1. 0 0
      Sorry for the double post.
      Jul 16, 2012
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  7. +2 0
    is there a game backup future like steam so i can backup my games if i do a fresh windows install?
    Jul 16, 2012
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  8. 0 0
    is there a game backup future like steam so i can backup my games if i do a fresh windows install?
    Jul 16, 2012
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    1. +1 0
      Hi Gilbert_Sarip, for our newer titles you do have the ability to copy the folder over before you reinstall to a different hard drive/directory, and then just drop the folder back in after you have finished reinstalling. When you do this, Origin will say "Ready to Install" rather than "Ready to Download." If you click the "Ready to Install" button, after a few minutes your game will be ready to play and you don't need to redownload the entire thing.
      Jul 16, 2012
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  9. Comment Flagged +7 -8
    Have to love the steam trolls here, the same ones who probably are not even old enough to realize how horrible steam was and how bad it still is, like oh right now "can't connect to steam servers" so none of my friends lists works or games... Keep trollin...
    Jul 16, 2012
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    1. +3 -3
      I agree. I'm sure you already know, but there is a whole group of steam trolls that go around EA related stuff and just troll. It's quite pathetic.
      Jul 16, 2012
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  10. +4 0
    Im hoping the fixed the Euro prices for latin america region.
    Jul 16, 2012
    2 Replies
    1. +1 0
      I remember reading up on the Origin forums that they were working on the EU prices outside the EU problem. Hopefully it gets fixed soon. :)
      Jul 16, 2012
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    2. +1 0
      This is actually something we're looking to fix in the very near future. If you could please head to this thread in our forums and answer the six questions, it would be extremely helpful towards correcting this issue. http://forum.ea.com/eaforum/posts/list/8806209.page Thanks!
      Jul 16, 2012
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  11. Comment Flagged +10 -2
    I have to say that i am very pleased with this Update. Of course, there are still some Features missing and there are Features that we Users want to have (achievments, cloudsave and Auto Patch for non ea-Games, Origin for Mac etc.) but Origin is catching up very quickly and you just can't copy steam. Ea is trying to Build something better, something unique. And for the Time of One Year they did a really Great job!! Thank you Origin Team for your work and your Community Support!! Keep it up!
    Jul 16, 2012
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  12. +2 0
    These updates a a step in the right direction. The revamp to the "My Games" library is appreciated, although, I still want to be able to reorder my games, or have multiple filters active at once. such as "alphabetical" and "release date" working together. I think its the varying tms tacked on to the game titles that are throwing it off. Maybe that could be unified in some way. Maybe I'm a tad OCD or whatever, but it drives me nuts when BF3 is listed before BC2. Needs fixing.
    Jul 16, 2012
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  13. +1 0
    Glad to see performance updates. Been around since EADM days, it's still not perfect but it's a hell of a lot better than it was. I just wish all the older games were off the legacy install system, it's kinda BS.
    Jul 16, 2012
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  14. +2 0
    Glad to see performance updates. Been around since EADM days, it's still not perfect but it's a hell of a lot better than it was. I just wish all the older games were off the legacy install system, it's kinda BS.
    Jul 16, 2012
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      And apparently Chrome isn't liking this page. Oops :)
      Jul 16, 2012
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  15. +2 0
    I hope this update will also fix the issue I've been having with the overlay and ME3 multiplayer. I can't play with any of my friends at the moment.
    Jul 16, 2012
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  16. +3 0
    Very good update!
    Jul 16, 2012
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  17. +4 0
    I have to say that i am very pleased with this Update. Of course, there are still some Features missing and there are Features that we Users want to have (achievments, cloudsave and Auto Patch for non ea-Games, Origin for Mac etc.) but Origin is catching up very quickly and you just can't copy steam. Ea is trying to Build something better, something unique. And for the Time of One Year they did a really Great job!! Thank you Origin Team for your work and your Community Support!! Keep it up!
    Jul 17, 2012
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  18. 0 0
    In the current german version of the origin client i have problems with the game covers. Some are well displayed and some are like the retail versions with the PC sign, the Games For Windows sign or all the USK signs on it. Hope you can fix this.
    Jul 17, 2012
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  19. +3 -1
    You should take the best from Steam at least, to be competitive in the market. A few changes made, but the main thing remained. I want to browse the store in English, but it automatically changes into Russian, because of my IP settings. I hate it. If I go to China for 2 months I am going to buy games in Chinese??? What the hell is this? My feedback is still negative. I will not buy any games. You are killing your own product, own brand.
    Jul 17, 2012
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  20. +2 -8
    How is a couple UI changes a "landmark" update.
    Jul 17, 2012
    4 Replies
    1. +5 -1
      With the update origin is much more fluid and faster. It's not just UI changes
      Jul 17, 2012
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    2. +5 -1
      Not just UI changes, please read what the update is before commenting. Thank you.
      Jul 17, 2012
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    3. +1 -1
      I read the post. Friends list pop-out: UI update. PUlldown menu navigation: UI update. Options/Settings in Origin menu: UI update. Live cat, forums, order history in Help menu: UI update. Slider to update game images: UI update. Download/Install on hover card: UI update. In-game clock: UI update. Improved client performance isn't a UI update, but it isn't a ground-breaking achievement. Every time something is patched you expect better performance. So once again, how is this a "landmark" update?
      Jul 18, 2012
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    4. +3 0
      I was just stating that it's not all UI changes, and I am right. As for it being a landmark update, well the update includes a large part of what the community has asked for, so it's considered quite a big update. That is why a lot of people see this as a big deal.
      Jul 18, 2012
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