Update – OnLive went live last night, Check out the Press Conference for Game Footage.
A new service from OnLive.com could really change gaming as we know it. Supposedly OnLive will allow you to play console games on your computer remotely over the internet. Basically a server somewhere will have a bunch of consoles and games connected to it, you connect to their server with a piece of hardware they sell you and they stream the games to your pc.
They are having some sort of a site launch tonight at 7:15pm PDT. I’m really looking forward to seeing what exactly they’re offering and how well it will run. They say with a 10mbit connection you’ll be able to play HD quality games streamed to your pc.
This could get very interesting, here’s what I’ve been pondering.
- Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo lose money when they sell a console, they make money when you buy games. If they stop making consoles where will new technology to power the games come from?
- Why would developers create console games to be played remotely on your PC? Why not just create PC games and bypass having to pay royalties to the Big Three.
- How much bandwidth will this little device eat up, and with ISPs starting to cap how do they expect to sell the thing. Why pay for a device you can barely use?
For a more in depth article check out VentureBeat.