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Streaming games service launched

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Lounge' started by temi, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. temi

    temi Facilitator Webmaster

    A new online video game distribution network hopes to revolutionise the way people play games and re-write the economics of the industry.
    OnLive, to be launched at the Game Developer Conference in San Francisco, aims to let players stream on-demand games at the highest quality level.
    The service could provide competition for Playstation, Xbox, and the Wii.
    "OnLive is the most powerful game system in the world," said company founder Steve Perlman
    "No high-end hardware, no upgrades, no endless downloads, no discs, no recalls, no obsolescence. With OnLive, your video game experience is always state-of-the-art," he declared.
    Mr Perlman said that the company has developed a data compression technology that allows games to be powered on remote servers rather than on game consoles.
    Users download games instantly through the OnLive MicroConsole or straight onto a PC or Mac. The MicroConsole also connects to any TV. All that is required is a high speed connection.
    Gamers will be able to select from an on-demand catalogue of video titles stored on these data servers. The Palo Alto based company promises that the service will provide instant access to the most advanced games in the world, solo and multiplayer.
    To date nine publishers have signed up including familiar names like Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, THQ and Atari Interactive.

    source: BBC NEWS | Technology | Streaming games service launched

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