OnLive brings video games to your home, disc-free
by Mark R
I have been on pins and needles all week as I finally got a chance to try out the OnLive. The OnLive is a cloud-based gaming system that allows the user to play the latest video games on your TV, PC, Mac, iPad, or Android tablet.
Not since I got the Atari 2600 in the early eighties have I been more excited about playing video games. The set up is simple, but I had to move my Wi-Fi access point closer to my TV in order to get it to work. The OnLive system comes with a base unit that connects to a television via HDMI, and then connects to a router.
From there, the user logs in and orders specific video games via an included wireless controller. The controller looks like a PS3 or Xbox 360 controller, and the gaming fun begins.
I found that it didn’t take very long to set up, and for the most part, the games played well. Sometimes there were network connection problems that would result in things getting very pixelated, but overall, I was pleased.
The games cost about $49.99 for the most popular ones, but they don’t seem to have the newer ones on the catalog. I believe that Arkham City is available for pre-order, but I am pretty certain that it is available in the store now.
All in all, I think the big three gaming companies need to follow the the OnLive business model and make it so the latest video games can be available for purchase without stopping by the store. Until then, you might want to check out the OnLive if you don’t have a PS3 or Xbox 360 as yet. You can get all the games that are available for both systems, but not a lot for Wii games.