OnLive Running Smoothly in Demo at DICE

Tagged: Cloud Computing, OnLive, Gaming
Source: Shack News - Read the full article
Posted: 4 years 35 weeks ago

OnLive, the upcoming cloud-based games-on-demand service that will supposedly allow subscribers to stream and play high-end games on modest PC configurations, was demonstrated at the DICE Summit in Las Vegas today.

According to a report by Dean Takahashi on GamesBeat, OnLive founder Steve Perlman demonstrated the service at DICE with COO Mike McGarvey using a cable modem connection to show how the service handled some unnamed "high-speed shooting games," as well as Unreal Tournament and Burnout Paradise. Takahashi asserts that the demos were glitch-free, and should take the wind out of the sails of skeptics who've claimed that OnLive couldn't possibly work as well as intended.

In one of the more shocking bits of Takahashi's report, he noted that the OnLive team also demonstrated how iPhone users could even play the graphically-intensive shooter Crysis on the service, live and in real-time.

In OnLive's curent state, standard definition games would require a 1 megabit per second connection, whereas high-definition titles would need a 5-megabit per second connection to play properly. Perlman went on to claim that about twenty-six percent of broadband users currently have connections faster than 5-megabits, and that seventy-one percent currently have 2-megabit per second connections.

Perlman also mentioned that the server hosting the games demonstrated in Las Vegas was located in the San Francisco Bay Area, and that he expects that OnLive will be able to blanket the country in service using only five data centers that would need to be updated every six months.

OnLive is still being tested in a closed beta that launched back in September of last year.

 

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Anonymous

blarg! come to europe ! 1 server is enough for the whole of western Europe (lagwise)!!

I'm not sure if I would use it. I would definitely try it out

Anonymous

? steam has downtime, never experienced it in the 5 or 6 years using it

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Yup, Onlive will have down time like Steam.

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Anonymous

Oh sorry guys we had to take down onlive for maintenance, you may play your games later in 12 hours, zzzzzzz

Just a thought

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Wouldn't take long for one of these cloud-games to cap internet connections.

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see i only watched their intro vid they said it played crysis good lol.

i didn't know there was a monthly fee!!!!!!!!!!! i am not happy about this thing.
still wanna try it tho

thnx for telling me this

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ther are comparisons out there from the beta. for eg, 1 shows ut3 running on a pc @ a specific res (i think it was 1920x1200) then the same pc running the onlive client and the same game. it runs at 1280x720. There was a noticeable quality difference. textures were blurier and details faded out closer.

I still think its a technology that will be good for some. fox example I might use it if Im on my netbook and feel like some badcompany 2... but im not a fan of monthly system fees - so i probably wouldnt use it

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i understand what you are saying.

for me the main reason why i am a pc gamer is because:
1. i like the interface (keyboard & mouse)
2. better performance (upgrade to better hardware)

with this service i would keep the same interface, the problem is the performance, i don't think it can deliver the same performance as a high end rig. but until i test it out i can't say for sure they won't.

in the end if i can get the same performance with no noise and no need to upgrade i would enjoy that. (right after i finished writing this i realized i sounded like a console gamer lol)

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yes. you can use their console or install the software on any pc. I think this idea is okay - i like having the game on my own pc tho. it fits the console gamer mentality more than that of the pc gamer

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but you do have the option of mouse & keyboard

Anonymous

Hate this system, rather own a physical copy of games I buy and have the option of mouse & keyboard. Hope they fail :/

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i still haven't been accepted. :(

i don't think they in Canada yet