Onlive’s On Demand Video Games Could Mean the End of the Console
Onlive is a video game on demand service that could kill the console-based gaming system as we know it. With no-lag gameplay, high quality graphics, a potentially unlimited catalog and host of bonus features Onlive looks like a real game changer.
What’s so revolutionary about the OnLive Game Service? As long as you have a decent broadband connection, you can play essentially any game, no matter how complex. This editor, quite frankly, has shied away from PC gaming for the majority of his life because of the large investment needed in high-spec computer equipment and continual upgrades to graphics cards. It just wasn’t worth the hassle. Now, with OnLive, there’s no hassle. The games all reside on a server (which can be upgraded by OnLive every six months – meaning you never have to buy new equipment) and you don’t need a souped up machine. We witnessed Crysis (which is notorious for how it pushes PCs) being played on the server off a simple Macbook, and it was smooth and looked fantastic. The service uses video compression techniques (the first interactive video compression tech) to send the game information to your TV or PC/Mac and latency is low enough – just 1 millisecond – to support online multiplayer.