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OnLive Announces Future of Gaming at Game Developers Conference

GDC 2009: OnLive Could Change Gaming Forever

Right now, when you want the latest video game to hit the shelves, you run out and plop down $40 - $60 bucks to own it, or, you download a new title from your console's online store. But what if you could stream that hot new game right onto your TV? At this year's Game Developers Conference here in SF, a company called OnLive (which has been developing its plan to take over the gaming universe for seven years) has finally announced its vision: to stream new and current video games right over the Internet at the same time they are being released into stores.

OnLive allows you to stream any game you want (regardless of console) to your Mac, PC, or television, with a (likely) monthly subscription, a minimum 1.5 Mbps Internet connection, and a custom OnLive wireless controller. No more waiting in lines for midnight releases, heck, you won't even have to have a PS3 to play PS3 games — they stream directly to you.

To see which gaming companies are likely to get on board, and to see what OnLive will do to ensure seamless gameplay, just


OnLive's services probably look pretty enticing to publishers like EA, Take-Two, Ubisoft, and Atari, who are likely to jump on board with OnLive. Streaming and buying games online is the perfect answer to cutting down on pirated games — you are already paying a monthly fee for the service, and will have to buy directly through OnLive to own them.

Additionally, OnLive is already addressing concerns about seamless play — they are promising that as long as you have the minimum requirements to play, they will constantly upgrade and boost the power of their servers so that users never have to do any upgrades on their end.

What do you think — would you play with OnLive?

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Colleeninator Colleeninator 7 years
This sounds absolutely brilliant, they're going to make all sorts of money off of this, and (if they do it well enough) they're probably going to destroy console sales
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 7 years
I saw this interview with one of the creators of OnLive and I think the concept is really interesting and cool. I am just concerned about the price since they didn't mention it and how much the tv plugin box would call since I know my husband would rather play his games on the tv and not the PC. Other than those things I think this sounds really promising and if the price is right I will definitely be picking it up.
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