OnLive: Stop buying consoles this summer or something
Gaming is for sad, dreary nerds. People with no social lives sit around trying to wrestle the sword of Albion from a be-tentacled dragon ballsack and blah blah. That's what a lot of idiots think about computer games. Fact is, video games are better than watching films. The GTA series is like being in a mafia flick except you, dear gamer, get to go on a pretend cop-killing spree should the plot become too boring.
However, the way we go about playing games could be about to change. A new service will launch June 17th that will attempt to kill off the traditional gaming console.
OnLive, which launched in 2009, will stream popular games online properly this summer. Basically, instead of downloading and going to buy things from a dusty shelf, OnLive promises games on-demand. Imagine iPlayer if it was full of games.
Chief operating officer of OnLive, Mike McGarvey, says: "We want to take your dollars from hardware and let you spend it on software. We are a new platform and we're building a network and infrastructure to last for the next 30 years of gaming, not the next five years."
The company said it will deliver on-demand games via the cloud to the PC, Mac or TV and that it could provide high quality gaming on crappy computers that don't work properly. The whole thing relies on video compression technology which streams video via the internet so if feels like the game is playing locally... which is all very clever indeed.
So how much? Well, OnLive will be available for a monthly fee of $14.95 (£9.99) for subscribers to then buy or rent games over the internet. Only time will tell if this is going to work, but as video game sales dropped in 2009, this could be to gaming what Spotify is to listening to music. Perhaps they should look at an ad-based free version to really suck everyone in? [BBC]