Heard of OnLive? No, didn’t think so. Cloud gaming has recently been made famous by Sony – who introduced cloud features alongside the PS4 – but OnLive was the original poster face for the cloud gaming campaign.
Now, a full year since its launch, OnLive has revamped its offering, proving you can finally play console games over the internet… And it’s called CloudLift.
Moving away from the model of: ‘download from out store & play only on our network’; OnLive has now partnered Steam to stream PC games for a $14.99 monthly fee.
Seems like OnLive are still trying to find their feet, offering a variety of services at different price points:
“We hope that we’ve got the right price for it. Time will tell.” – Rick Sanchez VP Product and Marketing
First off, it’s pretty limited. Due to its connection with the Steam interface – you do sync your saved games and DLC from wherever; but currently OnLive only has 20 games on its listing. Warner Bros. made it in, and has already offered some of the highly popular Lego games and Batman Arkham series titles – but don’t worry, if you’re not a Bat fan, “dozens more” games are on route.
OnLive works without tinkering with game code and now the game is simply streamed from a server to whatever you’re playing on. Gamers who are on a tight budget can also pay $9.99 to access a back-catalogue of older titles.
Sadly, as with any change, there is always a downside. OnLive doesn’t allow you to try games before signing up now, plus the HTML5 interface leaves a bad after taste. Nevertheless, you can still film “Brag ” clips for those short cinematic sequences of your friends head blowing up.
The real bonus, you can access this service anywhere. PC, Mac and Android. Truly, this is the future of gaming. No more discs, just a whole load of fun.