Negotiations Between OnLive and Microsoft & Sony over Exclusives (Gears of War, Uncharted etc)

Gamer Euphoria writes: "As of the time of writing, over 50 publishers have partnered with Onlive; publishers such as Take-Two, Ubisoft, Epic Games, Atari, Codemasters, THQ, Warner Bros., 2D Boy, Eidos Interactive, Disney Interactive Studios just to name a few. But the big sink or swim aspect for the system is the big AAA titles. Are gamers willing to invest their time in to this sytem when all the big exclusives are on PS3, Xbox360 or Wii?

Would companies such as Microsoft or Sony be willing to allow their exclusives to appear on OnLive? After all they’re not seen as a rival gaming distributor. Take a look at the transcript from our recent interview with Product Manager for OnLive, Andre Srinivasan at EuroGamer Expo 2011:"

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dangert122502d ago

This Is not going to work? why would people by an xbox or ps3 if they could play both sets of exclusives minus the consoles they just have to deal with the online drm which is why i would never sign up for it

HappyGaming2502d ago

Exactly this would be like Sony sellings its exclusives to Xbox or vise versa... Not going to happen as long as Sony and MS are still selling their own consoles!

Cloud gaming is the future though it is just too early. What made youtube such a great success? It came out at the right time when internet speeds were fast enough for enough user to visit the website!

There had been other online video distribution sites long before Youtube but with so many people on dial up back in the late 90s they were all destined to fail!

iamnsuperman2502d ago

The Onlive people have been promising a lot. They are never going to get console exclusives. They may get an exclusive for onlive but what developer would develop for a console with a very low install base. Like you said internet speeds are just not right for cloud based gaming and this is unlikely to change in the next 10 years with the current economic climate (not cheap or easy to upgrade a countries internet). I think what the mean is the might get there own exclusive by small publishers who want to get there name out and not Sony or Microsoft exclusives

WrAiTh Sp3cTr32502d ago

I could actually see MS and Sony published games being on Onlive, but only games that have PC counterparts. Games like the first Gears of War, Planetside, DCUO potentially...but not Uncharted, IMO anyway.

zero_gamer2501d ago

Cloud gaming will have the future but it will not be the future end all be all solution of gaming. You're comparing this to YouTube but yet YouTube is not the future of TV nor it will be.

Cloud gaming will be the Netflix of gaming, nothing more.

Mr Tretton2501d ago

"You're comparing this to YouTube but yet YouTube is not the future of TV nor it will be."

I don't know about that.

MaxXAttaxX2496d ago (Edited 2496d ago )

If OnLive goes down, you lose access to your games. You can't sell, trade or share them. No chance of getting cheaper copies(new or used). Nothing.

I prefer physical copies, thank you.

Besides, it seems like the guy was talking about their own unique exclusive content, not precisely PS3/360 exclusives.

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MaximusPrime2502d ago

Exclusives are exclusives.

KonaBro2502d ago

that Microsoft and Sony would give up their exclusives for OnLive, you are quite naive.

GamerEuphoria2502d ago


Where did I say I believe anything? I think you need to have a look at what journalism entails. We are reporting on what has been said. No speculation, or beliefs.

If it happens, it happens. If not, then not.

RememberThe3572502d ago

It's human nature to interpret the information we're given. And this doesn't even imply that MS and Sony are in talks with OnLive, only that OnLive want's it's own exclusives. The question was asked one way and answered an other.

"Brad: So my next question is, will we see any exclusives jump from Sony or Microsoft because you’re not considered a “rival company”

Andre: Most definitely. We’re definitely working on exlusives. Both full games and additional content."

The interviewer asks if we'll see X360 or PS3 exclusives on their service and the guy answers that they want exclusive content.

Also, OnLive is indeed and direct competitor to MS and Sony. This is a dog eat dog business that why there are only three console makers. I hope OnLive does well, because competition often breads excellence, but I'm not sure they'll be able to survive.

GamerEuphoria2502d ago

I agree everything has to be interpreted, and can be interpreted in more than one way.

But, as a journalist you have to make a choice on the interpretation, and I'm 99% sure I've taken this the right way.

a) I specifically asked "We assume you’re never going to get the exclusives like Gears or Uncharted, bu-"

I was interupted, where he asked excuse me? The fact I've named a huge MS/PS3 exclusive, and he's told me not to assume they are getting them.

Secondly, if we interpret it your way, it would mean OnLive would get its very own exclusives that no other console has. I'd be willing to stake my name that no developers are going to make a big money exclusive for OnLive and not put it on the Xbox or the PS3. Would you put millions into an untested system with an untested fanbase, thats also hindered my broadband speeds and internet usuage limits?

If you would, then I bet your one of the only ones in the world.

Thats why I've interpreted it like I have, and I'd love to hear your rebuttal.

Saladfax2502d ago (Edited 2502d ago )

Except for both companies are in the market for both hardware and software. Opening large amounts of potential software sales up to an untapped market equals more money.

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dantesparda2502d ago

i think Onlive is a very interesting concept and i dont think that the lag issue is that bad, but the picture quality is just horrible to me, it looks like bad compressed video, and it eats up to much bandwith at the same time. I mean it eats up 5+mbps at a time when all the dsgusting ass ISPs are placing caps on their services. And then the last issue i have with them is their games, nothing to exciting there for me. Plus i think they are too expensive to tell you the truth

WhiteLightning2502d ago

Why....OnLive will die off sooner or later and the reason for that is because it will always be over shadowed by the PS3, 360 and even the PC.

As Maxumus Prime has already stated "Exclusives are exclusives".......they exsist for a reason you know

BlmThug2502d ago (Edited 2502d ago )

When MS and Sony will focus on Cloud gaming for their own systems then Onlive will be 6ft under the ground

Sandworm792502d ago

Onlive can only work in regions with fast net speeds. If we can agree that sony/microsoft make the most money from royalties on games sold and not the console hardware,i honestly dont see why they wont embrace onlive.

Christopher2502d ago (Edited 2501d ago )

I'm not sure if you're aware or not, but they put out the hardware so they can charge everyone licensing fees for putting their own games on their platform. The hardware is pivotal to them making money. Reducing the chances that people won't buy games on their system? Horrible for business.

The _only_ way this works is if they put out exclusives that are older than two years or so on Onlive. Even then, it's a horrible business decision since it pretty much removes a lot of their potential for long-term money from box, digital, and DLC sales.

IMHO, this quote is taken out of context. I believe the Onlive Manager meant exclusives for Onlive, not Sony or Microsoft exclusives being put on their platform.

kudakadere2502d ago

it would only happen if Microsoft or Sony bought Onlive out .

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