OnLive Microconsole Promises PC, TV Gaming For $99

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News Posted: Thu, Nov 18 2010 3:43 PM
The annals of history are filled with the wreckage of gaming consoles, their darkling masoleums* lit only dimly in the candle of nostalgia. The barriers to entry are such that even being in the right place at the right time is insufficient; would-be contenders must achieve both of these prerequisites and secure the funding of a multi-million dollar corporation. Despite such difficulties, there's a new face in the PC/HDTV gaming market and an intriguing new service launching in the next few weeks.


The microconsole is about the same size as an iPhone

Newcomer OnLive, which launched its streaming game service this past summer, has designed what they call a microconsole (the name is apt), paired it with an XBox-style wireless controller, and are offering the controller, console, and a free game for $99. According to the company, games are playable on any PC or HDTV that meets their minimum requirements (a 3Mbit connection is required for SD gaming, 720P / HD gaming requires 5Mbit).  

The game library is fairly small, at 40 titles, but includes Batman: Arkham Asylum, Mafia II, World of Goo, Trine, and Borderlands. OnLive isn't exactly gunning for the XBox 360, PS3, or Wii, but the company's minimalist approach and streaming content could represent the future of gaming. Assuming OnLive managed to build its microconsole and controller for under $99 the company stands to make a profit on every unit sold. We've already seen companies demo streaming games; OnLive might be on the cutting edge of product delivery. 
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3vi1 replied on Thu, Nov 18 2010 6:03 PM

Joystiq has a review of the unit, which sounded somewhat favorable: http://www.joystiq.com/2010/11/18/onlive-microconsole-review/

I don't know if I'd buy into OnLive. I don't like the idea of a company potentially going bankrupt and taking all my games with them.

Also, If you didn't catch my post in the gaming forum (http://hothardware.com/cs/forums/p/52316/378816.aspx#378816), there's a new player in this space too: Gaikai. Supposedly, Gaikai will be advertiser supported and free to play.

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realneil replied on Thu, Nov 18 2010 10:03 PM

Free sounds good,...........

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3vi1 replied on Wed, Nov 24 2010 9:56 AM

realneil:

Free sounds good,...........

Of course, there's the matter of lag....

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