Posted by: da_nibbler | March 27, 2009

Will ‘OnLive’ Revolutionize Gaming?

By now everyone even remotely interested in gaming will have heard about OnLive. Just in case you haven’t let me clue you in.

The Games Developers Convention is currently being held in San Francisco and the one thing that has everyone talking is OnLive, the supposed future of gaming. No more new hardware for your PC? No more problems? All you need is a fast internet connections and you can play the newest, coolest and most advanced games on the market?

That’s what OnLive promises. All you need is a gamepad or keyboard, the OnLive software and a fast internet connection and you’re good to go. Streaming the game you want to play from their servers in 720p and 60 frames (I’ll believe it when I see it!) while being able to have pings under one millisecond with millions of people playing. Sounds impossible? I’m right there with you, but nonetheless their concept is fascinating.

Gamespot put a video online they took at the GDC during the OnLive presentation.The video is about 50 minutes long and at about minute 17 you can see one of the OnLive guys playing Crysis Wars on a shitty Dell laptop.

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The official OnLive website is live and if you’re living in the US you can apply to be a betatester.

As soon as I heard about all this I was intrigued, but the longer I thought about it the more problems and questions popped up. Videostreaming something like this in the quality they claim to probably millions and millions of users, with pings under one millisecond – how is that even possible?

Seems like other people have the same and more questions. Raising those questions in a much more elaborate manner than I could ever try to achieve I will redirect you to an interesting article over at Eurogamer.

What do you think of OnLive? Post your comments below.



  1. This blog’s great!! Thanks :).

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