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New OnLive service could turn the video game world upside down

VentureBeat Writes: Few startups have a chance to revolutionize an industry. But if entrepreneur Steve Perlman's OnLive lives up to its goals, the company will disrupt the entire video game industry - to the delight of both game publishers and gamers.

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GEESE3102d ago (Edited 3102d ago )

Never gonna work...IMO! IF it does, say good bye to responsiveness and hello latency lag fest!

zaza1263102d ago

ya im not sure, sounds like a lot of technical stuff but if they manage to pull this off it would effectively make all consoles obsolete.
Im kind of torn between having the console there and actual copies of games and this new technology that sounds pretty interesting but perhaps not as reliable i guess
well either way it wont really matter until we get at least a better look at this but in the meantime i am definitely interested to see where this ends up...

Twizlex3102d ago

Sounds almost exactly like this: http://www.n4g.com/industry...
Oh wait, that's because it is.

SL1M DADDY3102d ago

Was Pac Man CE... Sorry, but whenever they say stuff like this my scptical radar hits an all time high and I get a bit iffy to say the least.

HolyOrangeCows3102d ago

I agree. All people would play is Crysis, and that sending all of that data....

Hard copy for me any day.

Rofflecopter3102d ago

i prefer hard copies of games to downloading. i always have. i dont trust the internet or my hard drives, or anyone else's for that matter. however, i do believe that at some point in the future, years down the road, this will be the way games are played. i mean heck, look at what netflix did to blockbuster and the other small chains around.. this may be whats next in the games industry (unfortunately).

SupaPlaya3102d ago (Edited 3102d ago )

but most people who have used a thin client/Citrix/Remote desktop from a server not in the local network knows what kind of response time you can expect from running an application remotely.

If people are complaining about LCD/Plasma TV input lag, how do you think that would work for any time sensitive games (FPS, Fight games, etc...)? It'll be excellent for turn based strategy games and RPGS though.

And what kind of server farm would need to be support 100 users? The hardware demand would be huge if the game is actually run on the server.

Mikerra173102d ago

I thought that if you compress things to much they look like crap

OgTheClever3101d ago

The speed of light unfortunately limits this to completely replacing how we play games conventionally.

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arsenal553102d ago

This is something that will work but its just you need such a fast internet connection..I can see this happening in a couple years when alot of people should have 5-10mbps internet

Breitsch_Nieden3102d ago

in switzerland the 10Mb line ist the standard one at the moment up to 25Mb.

dragunrising3102d ago

You guys must download a lot of HD porn ;-) Jk

On topic- America won't universally have speeds like that for 5 years. We are definitely behind when it comes to bandwidth. Millions of people still use dial up...:-p Perhaps the service will find more success in Europe.

Twizlex3102d ago

I think the latest numbers I read were that over 70% of U.S. households had broadband. Some of the Internet doesn't even work at all on dial-up any more.

anh_duong3102d ago (Edited 3102d ago )

subscription based gaming? no thanks - being a games and consoles collector i rather own the games. a buy a gmae for 10 bucks i can play it for 100 years. and if the company goes under then you have no games to play even after paying years of subscriptions. i can still play games on my commodore 64 even though commodore 64 has been dead for years.

the day to day cost of gaming being beyond my control is not something that appeals. subsciption fees can rise.

furthermore, imagine inviting all your friends round for a bit of gaming and the internet stops working and there is nothing you can do about it. even some online games lag on my 10mbit connection so imagine streaming the whole game including graphics.

this might appeal some but not me.

DelbertGrady3102d ago (Edited 3102d ago )

Do you also carry around a portable compact disc player cause you don't trust iPods and the MP3 format? Maybe you collect them even?

anh_duong3102d ago (Edited 3102d ago )

soda, you have no idea how this games console work do you?? the console doesn't technically play the game or actually store the games. the console is just a terminal. it's like remote desktop access.

the game is stored and runs on a mainframe and the images are then relayed to your tv via the 'console'. it is basically an interactive streaming service.

it's like having an ipod but all the music sits on a server that doesn't belong to you. if the connection between you and the server dies or the company goes belly up your whole music collection is inaccessible because you are merely subscribing to hear the music - you don't own the music.

table3102d ago

the UK starts installing some fibre optics cables. Internet speeds here are abysmal. Companies like Virgin advertise 25Mb but in reality your lucky if you get it above 2Mb.

Sgt_Bon3head3102d ago

We have 100 mbps in Singapore along with 10mbps upload... Awesome or what?!

40cal3101d ago

If this compromises my audio or video quality in any way, I'm out. I do like the sound of linking 4 Bluetooth headsets though.

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snaz273102d ago

well it kinda sounds ok if it is cheap enough monthly and if enough stuff is put on there to warrant you paying monthly but..... i like having the hard copy!!!! i like going outside and walking into town to buy a game ive been waiting for!!!! i like to be able to play the game for years to come!!!! not when the company decides to pull the game off the server!!!! also i have to agree with the obove poster about the lag and imagine if they have to pull the server offline for maintenance??? you cant play your games then lol... hmmmm nah ill stick with the ps3 ta very much nice idea tho

Kushan3102d ago (Edited 3102d ago )

It's not really a "new" idea,if you google around you'll see people playing games like Crysis on netbooks using an almost identical technique of having the game run on a beefy computer and streaming some video to the "client".
It could work, in theory, but it requires a really low-latency connection, something I don't think we're close enough to. A 50ms delay on controller input could change the game quite a bit.

Then again, technically games like World of Warcraft already work like this. When you click a button in that, it just sends a command to the server saying "do this!", the server then calculates the result of this action and sends it back.

Microsoft Xbox 3603102d ago (Edited 3102d ago )

In other words, this tech is pretty useless for our current connections.

Kushan3102d ago

I wouldn't say "useless", it depends on a lot of things. If you live near the servers, it'd probably work quite well for most games. Maybe not twitch FPSs or fighting games, but Strategy games and such would be no problem at all.

Microsoft Xbox 3603102d ago

Like you said, its not exactly new. I've tried this in my local network and I still have dramatic input lag.

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