Streaming Game Service OnLive Enters Beta

Streaming Game Service OnLive Enters Beta

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OnLive, the theoretically revolutionary online streaming service for PC games, has entered (almost) open beta.

In case you missed the hype when OnLive was first announced, here's the gist: By linking thousands of high-powered PCs at data centers across the country, OnLive allows gamers to play the latest, most graphically intensive games without lengthy installs or having to shell out cash for a fancy computer. Crysis can be enjoyed on a $200 netbook, if OnLive's press materials are to be believed.

Are you sitting there agape at just how mind-blowingly awesome this might be, while simultaneously wondering how in the hell it could possibly be real?

Wonder no more! According to a post on the official OnLive blog, the service has entered semi-open beta testing, offering anyone who signed up on the website a chance to see if everything is as amazing as it sounds.

Even if you didn't sign up already, the post claims there are still a few beta slots open, so head over to the official website and drop your name in the virtual hat.

You better believe I signed up, hoping against hope that there is really something to this OnLive concept and that I'll never again have to cringe at a $3,000 price tag while solemnly handing over my debit card.

If any of you are in the beta, let us know how it works for you. I've only seen the service operating in extremely controlled conditions (read: at conferences in front of half drunk gaming journalists), and while it seemed to work, I'm very interested to hear how it works in the real world.

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US only, great. I suspect that it will be a major success! [/sarcasm]

But why would you look at a $3000 price tag? Don't tell me you think those PCs are worth that much :]

To be honest this type of dream just can't exist with todays internet.

The ping if even 100 ms would be unbearable in so many games.

Even though OnLive isn't going to work, I seriously want one of those controllers. Those things look awesome! It's like a 360 controller, but sexier.

Looks sort of silly to me. Can only play games when you have internet access? What if you want to play a single player game while the internet is down?

I'll keep my gaming rig, thanks. 720p is what the consoles do. And I already have a console. I like 1920x1200 better.

DRADIS C0ntact:
Even though OnLive isn't going to work, I seriously want one of those controllers. Those things look awesome! It's like a 360 controller, but sexier.

Yup. Can't help but wonder WHY they copied the 360's D-Pad though.

Shame it's a US-only beta.

DRADIS C0ntact:
Even though OnLive isn't going to work, I seriously want one of those controllers. Those things look awesome! It's like a 360 controller, but sexier.

I know, like, it's black and gold... And looks a lot more awesome.

JRCB:
Looks sort of silly to me. Can only play games when you have internet access? What if you want to play a single player game while the internet is down?

CONNECTION SEVERED, PUNY USER!! MHWHAHHAHAHA thank you for your subscription, you're screwed.

Or when you're fighting a Ninja Gaiden 2 boss, almost won... and your connection goes down.

This brings another question - only PC games, or OnLive too? If only PC games, it will make little sense for most of the current high-end machines users to get it.

Oh well, it will fail. No exclusives. No Halo 3, No Killzone 2, no Gears of War, No DC Universe Online, as Sony and MS won't allow them to take sales from them. OnLive will die or be bought out.

Amen

US only? No love for the Canuck Gamers?
Boo! I demand my wasted effort filling out that short form be compensated...with a hug of sorts.
It truly is a shame. I'd love to give it a chance with my Netbook.

So have they announced how the pricing will work? Will it be like Steam where you have to purchase a license for each game you want to play, or will you get access to whatever games are available for a flat fee?

2 D-pads? Whyyyyyyyy?

If it works it will replace my computer

has anyone else noticed that the buttons spell vile when read backwards

Over at Onlivefans.com it appears as though none of our members have received a beta invite yet.

Eoin Livingston:
has anyone else noticed that the buttons spell vile when read backwards

And evil?

lol.

Yeah, well, considering I'm playing shit in 800x600 instead of 2560x1600, 720p will probably look nice to me.

If this shit works, I'd be amazed.

You need to be at least 18, based in the US and have a broadband-connected PC running Windows Vista®/XP®, or an Intel®-based Mac

This is not fair, ANYWERE!

The lawercopter goes suesuesuesuesuesue.

Abedeus:
If only PC games, it will make little sense for most of the current high-end machines users to get it.

Even if 20% of all PC users already have high-end machines, this will open up the left-over 80% of the market to be able to play these games...this would more than double the install base. That's big-time money.

Zerbye:

Abedeus:
If only PC games, it will make little sense for most of the current high-end machines users to get it.

Even if 20% of all PC users already have high-end machines, this will open up the left-over 80% of the market to be able to play these games...this would more than double the install base. That's big-time money.

Let's just wait what Nvidia or ATI has to say about the OnLive.

I signed up for this couple days ago. So far they've sent me 3 emails, one welcome email, one saying that when the beta goes live I'll get more info, and a monthly newsletter.

Heres hoping I actually get into the beta when it goes live.

I REALLY hope it works... but when something sounds too good to be true, generally speaking I've learnt to teach myself that it usually is =\

Abedeus:

Let's just wait what Nvidia or ATI has to say about the OnLive.

Do you mean the nVidia mentioned here: http://www.onlive.com/partners.html?

Remember, they do need graphics chipsets for their super-magic-lag-erasing servers.

Joshimodo:
Can't help but wonder WHY they copied the 360's D-Pad though.

Because it worked nicely. Also, the Gamecube controller preempted the same basic layout several years before...

HG131:
Oh well, it will fail. No exclusives. No Halo 3, No Killzone 2, no Gears of War, No DC Universe Online, as Sony and MS won't allow them to take sales from them. OnLive will die or be bought out.

Holy fucking facepalm, Batman.
You know, there are *GASP!!!* better games on the PC than those you just listed (and Gears of War is on the PC as well). For every console exclusive, there are ten better PC exclusives. Age of Empires, Myst, The Neverhood, Starcraft, Diablo... the list goes on and on.

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As for my personal take on the matter, OnLive won't be the end of all other PC gaming, but rather a nice addition for those who can actually enjoy it. There's no way it could single-handedly beat a 20-year fanbase.

TaborMallory:

Joshimodo:
Can't help but wonder WHY they copied the 360's D-Pad though.

Because it worked nicely. Also, the Gamecube controller preempted the same basic layout several years before...

I wasn't wondering why they copied the layout-The 360/Gamecube layout FAR exceeds the PS3's and it's ilk, but the D-Pad on the 360 (not the Gamecube, though) is abysmal.

Zerbye:

Abedeus:
If only PC games, it will make little sense for most of the current high-end machines users to get it.

Even if 20% of all PC users already have high-end machines, this will open up the left-over 80% of the market to be able to play these games...this would more than double the install base. That's big-time money.

word. and it's clearly not just PC games. according to the website it offers a 'MicroConsole' (just big enough to house wireless controller receiver and HDMI video card - I hope there's a converter included!!) and there will be PC/Mac browser PLUG-INS, which makes me think this will look very similar to watching a Netflix movie in a window using Silverlight, I imagine they'll either have a proprietary system or support for all platforms. And I don't think this will lag as bad as some of you are anticipating - a lot of stress will be removed from the system and connection by reducing it to just frame and controller information. Cloud-computed gaming, this is a really cool idea.

It might be a common thought, but as a kid I've often thought about something like this. Like, I can't afford a new GPU, what if you can play games that are processed through a GPU that's somewhere else online? Wish I could've been a part of this.

But I agree with SirSchmoopy, Today's physical medium that the internet uses is too slow to make such a system worthwhile. For gamers that can afford a subscription to such a system but cannot afford a better PC, they might bite the bullet & play through the lag-fest, but this will be a severe minority (people with a combination of low budget + patience narrows the odds).

seeing how a high-end gaming rig is extreemly overpriced, this means I can finaly enjoy all those games on my £350 laptop that can barly run counterstrike.

(If this came to consoles PC gaming would truly be anhilated which would be a shame and a funny thing)

 

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