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OnLive to launch in UK this Autumn

OnLive to launch in UK this Autumn

Cloud-gaming platform OnLive has announced plans to launch in the UK this Autumn.

OnLive has announced plans to launch in the UK this Autumn, with Onlive.co.uk opening for OnLive player tag registration at the same time as E3 starts - 7 June.

Players who register with the OnLive site will be entered into a launch queue, which will provide access in sign-up order as the system works up to full operation.

OnLive is a cloud-gaming platform which runs games on remote servers and streams them back to subscribers, but until now it's only been available in some areas of the US.

Incredibly, the UK roll-out of OnLive will integrate with the US version too, with players able to spectate and share gameplay clips across the Atlantic. Some multiplayer games will also be playable between the US and UK.

'OnLive UK will launch with over 100 games, including the latest top titles, full compatibility across a wide range of HDTVs, tablet/smartphone devices and most PCs and Macs,' said OnLive founder CEO Steve Perlman.

OnLive plans to roll out to other countries in the near future too, but will announce more details on these in the coming months. A previous announcement already reveals that BT has exclusive rights to bundle OnLive hardware throughout the UK, however.

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sleepygamer 3rd June 2011, 01:25 Quote
I was playing Amnesia over OnLive only a few days ago. Tiny bit of lag, but otherwise perfect. Video quality was lacklustre, mind you.
Spuzzell 3rd June 2011, 02:52 Quote
Hope it works out for them, I like the technological concept despite having no interest in actually using the service.

I haven't seen anything about it since the US launch, so hopefully since then they have developed a more sane pricing scheme.
Pete J 3rd June 2011, 03:51 Quote
I don't know why, but I really get a feeling this will fail.

Please understand, I don't want them to fail - after all, I'm sure they've put a lot of work into it. Just a gut feeling, is all.
_Metal_Guitar_ 3rd June 2011, 04:28 Quote
This is nice and all...but in a tiny village in Norfolk, my connection will not be able to support this in the slightest. Guess I can't put my trusty PC to rest just yet.
Toploaded 3rd June 2011, 06:04 Quote
Like with most things I'm not interested in this technology in it's early days but could prove to be interesting in the next 5-10 years. What kinda games are available for it right now?
azrael- 3rd June 2011, 07:32 Quote
Seriously, I get sick every time I hear about OnLive. And I *DO* want them to fail ...miserably.
adam_bagpuss 3rd June 2011, 09:01 Quote
good technology but fail on the timing the UK has a piss poor broadband infrastructure + its extremely expensive and you dont own anything
mucgoo 3rd June 2011, 09:40 Quote
Doomed to fail due to poor speeds and low usage caps of British networks.
They should of released it through the Scandinavian countries instead.
TheLegendJoe 3rd June 2011, 09:40 Quote
I hope they do well, I've tried playing on my connection (47Mb, ~14ms ping) and the video quality was terrible, and there was plenty of lag, but I assume thats because the servers are over in america somewhere...
xaser04 3rd June 2011, 09:49 Quote
Having messed around with some of the free trials on onlive I am mildly impressed.

The UI seems nice and clean and there is a decent selection of games available with free trials. I think the major pull for me is being able to try out a game properly before deciding whether or not to buy it (on steam or retail).

The major downsides at the moment are "blotchy" graphics which can detract quite heavily from the gameplay; especially if certain details are missed due to a lack of texture quality, and obviously controller lag. The latter point is a major problem in FPS or Third person shooters although I found games like Dirt 2 completely playable.

Overall I think Onlive is decent but fundamentally flawed as there will always be some level of lag which is a big problem for most PC games. Improved broadband / cable infrastructure will help to a degree but won't ever solve the problem.
enciem 3rd June 2011, 10:18 Quote
As long as it's exclusively linked to BT it will never work out for em
xaser04 3rd June 2011, 11:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by enciem
As long as it's exclusively linked to BT it will never work out for em

Only the hardware (console thing and controller I presume) are exclusive to BT (at the moment). You don't need either to use the onlive service.
Denis_iii 3rd June 2011, 13:09 Quote
they just need an all you can eat monthly package like netflix.......when will netflix hit the uk or even better go international!!!!
pimlicosound 3rd June 2011, 14:00 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Denis_iii
they just need an all you can eat monthly package like netflix.......when will netflix hit the uk or even better go international!!!!

They already do. It's called the PlayPack Bundle and costs $10 a month. See here:

http://www.onlive.com/games/playpack?autoplay=yes#&autoplay=yes&sortby=alpha
misterd77 3rd June 2011, 17:42 Quote
if they replicate thier us pricing, thats just £12 a month for unlimited gaming, I would use a 50mb virgin line for this, its just the limited 720p picture and reports of lag that has me questioning if it will work, if its any good, i would get it for the living room,for quick bashes at arcade games with the mates, a bout of fifa and knockout kings, £12 a month is nothing, WOW is around that alone.
SMIFFYDUDE 3rd June 2011, 18:47 Quote
Meh
cyrilthefish 4th June 2011, 05:37 Quote
interesting how it'll work with some of the throttled connections in the UK:

7GB per day before getting a 75% speed reduction on our 20mb virgin media cable package

a quick googling gets a few people saying 720p onlive uses roughly 2.5-3GB per hour

= you may only get ~3hours gametime per day before your connection cripples itself.
SBS 4th June 2011, 11:55 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Someone a little caught up in the Press Releases
Incredibly, the UK roll-out of OnLive will integrate with the US version too

Seriously?
wuyanxu 4th June 2011, 16:05 Quote
fail service is fail:

tested on wi-fi connection on my netbook, very close to wi-fi router without any hotspots near by.
http://i56.tinypic.com/2q30o0l.png


and then there's the incredible mouse-lag, totally unplayable for FPS games.

might be just about acceptable for casual games such as Plants vs Zombies, but my netbook can already play that fine.
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