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Cloud-gaming company OnLive, whose service allows game content to stream without the need for downloading or installing, has said it would like to seeSony and Microsoft add OnLive tech to their machines in the future – a move OnLive's engineering VP says would enable them to “make great consoles.” Joe Bentley, who showed off OnLive's ability to stream titles, like Borderlands and the upcoming From Dust at E3, says the tech is just catching up to his company's vision for gaming, and “the timing is perfect” for the majors to start taking it seriously.
Faster internet and the proliferation of System-On-Chip tech such as that found in modern smartphones and televisions means OnLive can provide its service to a growing base of customers, says Bentley in an interview with CVG. SOC tech “will soon be in everything up to refrigerators. This is what we came up with - turning everything into a console.” His thoughts echo a February interview with the company's CEO, Steve Perlman. When Valve's Gabe Newell praised the company's tech but questioned its business model, Perlman derided Newell for “limit[ing his audience] to people who have a high-performance computer." Since then Newell has become “fascinated” by OnLive – or so says Bentley, at least.
According to Bentley, Microsoft and Sony are now “chatting” with guys from OnLive: “Our controller is a hybrid between a PS3 controller and an Xbox controller. It's all compatible, it would just work... We'll see where it goes. But it would absolutely work.” Slamming the limitations of online titles offered by companies like Zynga, Bentley envisages a future where games like LA Noire are fully mobile: “Why not be able to take that with you and continue the story? It's like a good book.”
Steve Perlman's previous company, WebTV Networks Inc, was previously sold to Microsoft for somewhere over $500 million – but getting gamers to adopt an OnLive approach en masse could be a hard sell yet. Our product review for the OnLive console was mostly positive. Since then, the company’s catalogue of games has grown significantly, addressing our most pressing problem with the service. OnLive has also sweetened the deal with the introduction of an unlimited play option for $9.99 a month. Still, we suggest you “try before you buy” by sampling the service for free on your PC or Mac. What do you think – would you buy an OnLive-enabled PS4 or 720?
Jun 27, 2011
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