A new version of the Origin client is now available. Version 9.4 adds in an assortment of new features to the Origin experience – abilities such as customizing game tiles for your Origin library and pinning chat windows and web browsers over the action. If you don’t yet see these features, be sure to log out of your EA account and restart the client.
Here’s a recap of the features added to 9.4, first announced in our 9.4 beta update:
Pinning: Having to tab out of your game to chat can be annoying, so we’ve added a way for you to see your favorite Origin features right there on top of the action. You can pin the chat window to keep it active, or open a web browser and surf strategy guides or YouTube while you play. And so it doesn’t block your view of the game you can adjust the opacity of these overlays. When you pin a window, we’ll remember your settings, so the next time you play, that pinned window will be right where you left it.
Custom game tiles: Previously, you could change the appearance of the tiles in your My Games library, but only for non-Origin games. Now, every single tile in your library is open to customization, and it doesn’t have to be a static image. Add an animated GIF for more fun, or even use a photo via a saved copy on your hard drive.
Customization Options: We’ve made some improvements under the hood to allow faster Origin updates, and added more options to help you customize your experience. Now you can choose to keep Origin open to play different games or have it close automatically when you’re done. The Featured Today module shows you great deals that you might otherwise miss, but now you can turn off that feature if you’d rather shop around on your own. Additionally, instead of having updates run in the background, you can choose to install them only when you want to, if bandwidth is at a premium.
Origin members who have opted into the beta program have been tinkering with these features for several weeks now. We’re continuously adding brand new features to your experience, and if you want to be among the users that get to check them out ahead of their launch, it’s just a click away.
Posted by Craig Harris on January 29, 2014