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Comment: i need it
Good: Instant gaming, can play on fairly old low spec macbook with no issues
Bad: Graphics can be abit dodgy sometimes and lag
Comment: I really like the idea of this, I play on xbox most of the time but when the other half wants to watch the telly i can fire up the laptop and play full high spec games straight away on my 5 year old macbook that can barely run a 69p FPS off the app store , There are problems with lag and graphics but hey its a fairly new thing and it still needs polishing
Comment: Gaming lag sucks.... how can i play fast games like Fifa or shooting games properly where each millisecond costs one embarassing goal???
Good: Nice idea
Bad: Lag, Non existent Customer Support
Comment: Great idea, and I was very exited when I singed up to it. However I soon had an issue with my account billing, and the cracks begun to show.
There is no customer support!
I mean there appears to be, you can ask to speak to a live advisor, or create a ticket within your account. But everything is eerily silent. No response despite continued attempts for the last 4-5 days.
It takes a leap of faith to allow a new company like this to manage your games collection. Especially when prices are not cheap.
Now any trust they may have had with me is destroyed, and I advise caution before investing your hard earned spare cash with them.
Maybe someone will take this idea up in the future and do it properly!
Good: Gaming on my old netbook
Bad: Some small glitching & the price
Comment: I listened to the podcast yesterday am and just had to go back to try out onlive when I got home. The promise of not having to upgrade my old desktop PC, and run games on my weak little Acer Aspire One netbook was really appealing.
Frustratingly it took a while to get the login IDs sorted (almost two hours between submitting my ID and getting the activated account email), so I was twiddling my thumbs for quite a while.
Then tried to fire up Dirt3 on my desktop, only to discover that because my PC was sooooooo old (Athlon XP 2100+ - 9 years?!) and didn't have SSE2 that it wouldn't run on my desktop. Shame, as that's the PC that I have my steering wheel plugged into (mainly for playing Grand Prix Legends).
Went over to my Atom powered netbook and was pleasantly surprised to find that this didn't throw a hardware wobbly (though it did say my performance might not be optimal!). Chose a 30minute demo of Dirt3 and off it went.
To say that I was blown away with what I saw was an understatement. Bear in mind this is a netbook which can barely play HD video. The graphics looked crisp, latency / lag was minimal (as far as I could tell) and there were only a few small blocking issues (though quite rare). Audio was clear, and in sync.
I don't know how they've done it, and how many hamsters they need to power their server farm, but this tech is outstanding for someone like me who doesn't have an Alienware PC and won't be upgrading his PC any time soon.
I need to sort out using some sort of controller with the netbook to get this going properly, and also keep an eye on my bandwidth to make sure it doesn't use too much, but I will certainly be buying a few games on this service.
Good: The ability to play on any PC, even old crappy 6 year old machines..
Bad: The lag and graphic issues...
Comment: Something that hasn't really been mentioned many places is, for me, one of it's best features...the ability to play on any PC regardless of graphics card or specifications...
Normally my PC can't handle anything better than old Amiga games played via emulation, but with this I can play the latest titles without having to upgrade! Yes, the visuals might not be perfect, and really I prefer to have actual games in boxes, as I collect videogames old and new, and if I want to experience new games I'll get them for the 360, but with things like "Amnesia - The Dark Descent" this is the only way I can really play them and I'm happy for that!
The potential here is huge, and with broadband connections becoming better all the time, the future of gaming may not be here yet...but this is definitely on the right track...
Bad: Full Servers
Comment: I have been interested in OnLive since it started in the US, and was over the moon when the news came that it was going to be available in the UK. I have subcribed to the £6.99 ( Cancel at any time) deal where it gives you accesss to over 100 games of every genre. I have also ordered the micro console which is priced at £69.99 plus £6.99 dellivery, but because i subscribed to the monthly deal i was only charged £54.99 with delivery.
I know there are a limited amount of new games available, but the service is new and if you sign up (free) beforth the 9th of october you can buy your first game for only £1 (i bought Warhammer Space Marines) which i thought was a bargain!!!!
You have four ways to Play. You can try any game for 30 minutes as many times as you like ( you start from the begining again) you can rent the game for 3 days or 5 or pay for the game in full. If you subscribe to the playpack (£6.99) you get a massive discount of the game too!!!
I Think this will become the next big thing, especially with the partnership it will have with GAME and GAMESTATION, which through there e-service will allow you to try the demos through onlive, buy the games through them and add points to your GAME/GAMESTATION card. You will even be able to spend the points you've earned to buy an Onlive game!!! Game will also be selling the Micro Console's and all the accessories in-store.
I love the fact that you are able to play the games on anything, from PC (doesn't matter the spec) a Mac, Netbook, Ipad, Android Tab and soon Internet capable HD TV's and Internet capable Blu-Ray players
It has been live in the UK since Friday, so we have to expect some Lag and Full Server problems, but i can see this as the new way forward for gaming. Digital media isn't a new thing (as the article made it sound), people have been buying digital games for years now through Steam, Direct and also through their Console with Xbox Live Marketplace and Playstation Store.
As you can probably tell i am a massive fan of this service adn its play anywere ethos, and an even bigger fan of its future proof hardware which means you will never have to upgrade your console as they do all the upgrading through there servers!!! This means you will always have the Next-Gen console today!!!!
Give it a go, get you first game for a quid, play the demo's or watch people play from the Arena you wont be dissapointed.
Good: Instant Games on demand, Support Improving
Bad: Still not on par with console quality, lag and poor video performance.
Comment: After a very bumpy start it's beginning to improve, the support are still not sure what's going on, but the managers have a much clearer answer such as where my order is, and why it's not shipped yet (should be shipped on Monday).
Onlive servers still can't cope with demand, suffering from dropping framerates, severe compression artifacts and noticeable controller unresponsiveness due to latency.
Worth a try, better than this morning but not quite enough to be my mainstream console yet; it needs to work every time I want to start it up and not have to queue for up to an hour each time due to busy servers.
Good: Everything Ha! Really Psn shut down 60+ days xbox ring of death
Bad: Some hurdles and limitations
Comment: So I pay 45$ a month here is Seattle for high speed internet Comcast through eathlink and i get average download speeds of 300kps and upload 100kbps and I have a cheap wireless router 30 bucks HA. So i can stream netflix HD on my tv, watch YouTube on my tablet and play Onlive on my computer with little to no noticeable problems. The Lag is there of course but really its only noticeable in some games like Dirt 2 & 3, Just Cause when driving, and Saints row when driving? i don't know why split second doesn't do that since its a racing game? I was told it could be due to the streaming tech and something about the games being capped at 60 frames per sec. I dont notice lag in anything else. I pay homefront onlive online and it plays great. I sold my ps3 and gave up on Pc gaming $$$ just because I could play all my Onlive games anywhere i go. At home, friends place, even at work where the internet is so congested I cant even load up Gmail or Cnet without it timing out! I say try the service out with the playpack only 9.99 a month and you get over a 100 games some good and some not but it all depends on your preference. I liked the PS1 wu-tang fighting game back in the day when no one else did! so yeah! HAHA i dont care.
So try the service out in different places if you dont like it then dont bash it like you would you wife every day. Be gentle towards your wife. Do something with your life GGGEEEEEEEZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.....
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