Thursday, 19 March 2009

GDC go OnLive

OnLive is a device that claims to be able to provide real time gaming using a small box (micro box) attached to a PC or Mac. It is a new type of console that will require no upgrading, troubleshooting, drivers, installation or compatibility issues. All the hardware is mile away from you and is upgraded by the company so you don’t have to. The game content is simply sent over the Internet so you can stream and play in real time. The system is able to provide HD graphics at 60fps or so they say and will enable any computer to be able to play at full quality. The micro box is simply two USB slots, AV outputs and a Network Jack. The rest is elsewhere in a room filled with super computers to relay game activity. There is a lot more detail to this device and can be found on the link below.

To me this kind of device would have to be extremely powerful to provide exactly what is advertised. It almost seems impossible for this kind of technology to exist but we still don’t know what the future holds. A game rental streaming service seems like an odd way to play games. I still prefer to buy a console and disks in order to play games. There are so many oddities with such technology. What more is there to come?

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