Play Games Through...Streaming?
"New startup OnLive reveals a service they believe will revolutionize the world of gaming."
Published: 26th March 2009 | Source: OnLive |Play Games Through...Streaming?
New startup OnLive unveiled their plans a couple days ago at the Game Developers' Conference for a service that they believe will revolutionize the way people play games. The OnLive Game Service is essentially an on-demand gaming platform. Utilizing a specially designed MicroConsole, OnLive aims to deliver the latest games through the Internet for users to play on their TV or computer. The idea of it is that the service will nullify the need to have top-of-the-line hardware to play the latest, most advanced games.
The OnLive service works by streaming the game's content and your actions back and forth between your home and OnLive's servers. All of this is done using numerous patented and patent-pending technologies in areas such as video compression and cloud computing.
“With OnLive we’ve cleared the last remaining hurdle for the video games industry: effective online distribution,” said Steve Perlman, Founder and CEO of OnLive. “By putting the value back into the games themselves and removing the reliance on expensive, short-lived hardware, we are dramatically shifting the economics of the industry. Delivering games instantly to the digital living room is the promise game fans have been waiting for and OnLive makes that promise a reality that’s affordable, flexible and focused on their individual needs.”
OnLive has already partnered with numerous companies in the gaming field, such as Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Take-Two Interactive Software, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, THQ Inc., Epic Games, Eidos, Atari Interactive and Codemasters.
The OnLive service is expected to go up this Winter with a variety of monthly subscription plans to fit all budgets.
For more information, check out the official press release here, as well as OnLive's website here.
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