The Game Developers Conference is one of those events meant for the most tech-savvy people out there and is going on right now. Among the highlights of the conference is a new service by the name of OnLive.
The service uses next-generation “cloud” technology. “Cloud” technology is what you see what you use a service such as YouTube or Hulu and involves the streaming content from server content directly to your computer without the need of a download. OnLive’s service is set to do this for games but what makes this service different from, say, Gametap, is that everything runs on their own, super-powered, server machines. OnLive has put a great deal of work into eliminating any lag issues and achieve high-end performance on common Internet connection speeds with 1.5MB for standard definition and 5.0MB for high definition. If you ask me, that’s a very reasonable base-line.
So what does all of this mean to you, the gamer? Well, basically it means that you will be able to play the highest of high-end games – like Crysis – without the need for a high-end PC or expensive game console. The OnLive service is also available in a variety of ways. The first option is playing on your PC on your computer monitor. If your PC has the output, you can hook it to your TV via HDMI. Another option is to buy the OnLive “console” box. The box hooks up to your TV through an HDMI connection and features Ethernet, Digital Audio, two standard USB ports, and one mini-USB to power the unit. The box itself is apparently only slightly larger than a PSP game case.
So I bet you’re wondering about the games, am I right? Well Crysis and Burnout Paradise were demoed at the show and according to IGN, both ran very well – 60 frames per second even. The service supports mouse and keyboard combination’s as well as game pads. OnLive also keeps a friends list, online profile, tied-account info (stuff like game saves and such), and “Brag Clips”. Let me explain these “Brag Clips” a little bit. Say you’re playing Call of Duty and you get an impossible head-shot. Simply hit the “Brag Clip” key and the OnLive service will save the last ten seconds of gameplay so that you can share it with everyone.
OnLive hasn’t announced any pricing info yet but they did say that the service will enter beta testing in the summer and will hopefully launch sometime in the winter. So what do you think? Comment below and let us know!