OnLive streams towards Blighty
Gaming cloud cover in autumn
Cloud-gaming service OnLive has finally announced its official UK opening, with a launch set for this September's Eurogamer Expo.
The service, which gives gamers instant access to a range of titles, has been active Stateside since June 2010. Those of us in the UK have been able to access it, but only through US servers, which tends to create an abundance of lag issues.
As we've previously talked about, OnLive struck a partnership with BT last year to bring the service the UK, although specific details of how the pair will work together is as yet unannounced.
When the service does launch though, it will be integrated with the US community, meaning heaps of Yanks will already be bashing away while the number of UK gamers grows.
Attendees of the Eurogamer Expo from 22 September will get four days of OnLive hands-on time, as well as previews of OnLive tech and eligibility for promotions such as free Game Systems which allow the service to stream to any HDTV.
“OnLive will utterly transform gaming in the UK,” said OnLive Founder and CEO Steve Perlman. “No discs, big downloads or specialised hardware needed. OnLive gives you the latest games instantly, anytime, anywhere on HDTV, PC, Mac, as well as iPad, Android tablets. High-performance gaming as accessible as streaming video, with unique social features such as massive spectating with voice chat and Facebook integration.”
If you're interested, sign up to OnLive for free and get priority access, either by browser on PC or Mac or through iPad and Android Tablets with a free app. ®
woo-hoo, it'll change my gaming forever!!!
oh.. actually, sorry.. it won't I don't have a 5 Mbps broadband connection and can't get one either. Oh well.
Good luck with the idea but I really struggle to see how this'll take off in any massive numbers in the UK with the hopeless broadband coverage.
And how do we stop it
Any advice on how to block it, ports etc...?
What about lag?
I even get lag on my FTTC connection.
According the US video, unless they've advanced it somewhat, that you can only view on the ipad/android tablets. It's a shame if it's true, would be pretty impressive to have that sort of cross platform compatibility.
I signed up a while ago...
...but I'm still wary of the 'social' aspects.
Do I get complete privacy controls so I can play, save and control without others accessing the information or watching what I'm doing. Do I get to sign into the system but be hidden from all view from other users by default?
These are questions, not declarations. I just want to know what I'm getting into.