OnLive Implodes, and is Re-Born On Life Support All In One Day

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Peanut Fox

At it's peak OnLive only had 1800 or so concurrent subscribers :/

The idea behind OnLive is great. Games streamed to any device with a screen. Unfortunately the execution needs a lot of work to garner the gaming masses.

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Mstrlink1

I for one am surprised at all the negative comments I see. OnLive is a great service and think the tech crowd should be more supportive of new innovations and possibilities that come to market. When I heard about this yesterday I got a to show my support. I think OnLive will continue as a service and more people should be a little bit more open minded, it may not be for everyone but still.

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wolfing

I agree, but I think they didn't exploit their full potential (probably because of contract constraints or something). Considering with Onlive, your computer or TV is basically a video of you playing the game, the possibilities are endless. In your library you could have PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PS2 and Windows games and play one after the other. Suddenly 'console exclusives' don't affect you anymore. But yet, at least when I checked, this wasn't so. Mostly just Windows games.

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h e x e n

I'm getting $100 out of this on a bet I made over 2 years ago.

OnLive is quite possibly the dumbest idea ever to hit gaming. Yes, let me relinquish my physical media, including all files and software, to a third party company that owns everything I've spent my money on. Not to mention these purchases are held hostage by what kind of internet service I'm getting. What could possibly go wrong?

This was stupid from the word go, as is most cloud based services that strip media away from the end users possession.

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routine

The problem with OnLive is the pricing model. Instead of charging full price to buy a game, they should charge a monthly subscription rate -- like Netflix.

I wouldn't mind paying $15/mo to play a game for a few weeks. But to pay full price for a game I'll never actually own -- yea, no thanks.

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CaptainFabulous

They actually do have a Netflix-like subscription option. Unfortunately, like Netflix, they are at the mercy of content providers as to what games are included, and unfortunately the lineup, while growing, is pretty slim on AAA and recent titles.

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CaptainFabulous

Y'know, some people said the same things of the horseless carriage and the electric light.

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vrmlbasic

No, they didn't. The OP's complaints about cloud gaming are in no way similar to the complaints the luddites had about the car and the light bulb.

Not to mention that the car and the electric light bulb are better, arguably "strictly better", than the horse and the candle that they replaced. Not so with OnLive

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andrewc513

What about their Ouya partnership? What ever came of that? Ouya is exploding in popularity and developer/community support, and could be the perfect platform for OnLive. They need to stick with services only, and let Ouya handle the hardware. OnLive app caters to the core gamers, Ouya's game center caters to the indie stuff(the whole point of the project). Two options, one nice ecosystem.

OnLive could definitely survive a bit longer on that business model.

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Gezzer

Ahead of their time?
Yeah about fifty years ahead.
For their service to work computing resources had to become a utility, like your phone, cable TV, or electricity.
As it currently stands the only type of company that would stand a chance of making it work would be a large ISP. Bundle it as part of their top tier broadband package and they might have a shot.
But I still wouldn't buy in.
I'm leery of cloud based services that try to replace locally hosted content. Do I own the data I create, or does the service I'm using own it? What happens if they get hacked,? What happens if they lose my data or have excessive down time?
And the big question, what happens if they go belly up?
Too many unknowns, and unanswered questions, so we have to buy in on faith. Problem is I don't have much faith in corporations. And so far my lack of faith has proved pretty much spot on.

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pendar

I used to have it, but since it uses a lot of bandwidth I had to get rid of it just like netflix, everything runs on their servers and they basically stream the video to you, so u never have to upgrade your hardware, everything is pretty much done on their side, but with all theses cable companies putting data caps on, I don't even buy stuff from steam (unless it a small game), I buy all my games on dvd. Its really a dam shame about data caps, its hurting a lot of companies, they should be sued for data caps as unfair business practice. I rarely use you tube anymore, I have 4 kids and enough computers for everyone to be on the internet at one time and the bandwidth goes pretty quick, its like putting a limit on how much gas you can buy for your car per week, unlike long distances billing they could track the time and phone number and you could make sure you know what your getting billed for, not with internet, you just have to trust there billing you correctly and no way to verify if its legitimate, what if you got a virus that ate up all you bandwidth and cause you thousands for going over on bandwidth, data caps are just wrong and anti competitive.

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vrmlbasic

Ugh, that sounds like you need a less heinous ISP.

Bandwidth Caps are criminal.

"I buy all my games on dvd"...you can still _do_ that?? Even today's console games fairly frequently force you to DL "included content" when you buy the DVD (an example being the Borderlands GOTY edition).

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DR_JDUBZ

USE UNIVERSITY BANDWIDTH!!!!! XD

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Gezzer

I'm sorry but I need to ask. What's you cap and what data plan is it?
I mean my plan is Telus High Speed because I can't get their turbo speeds and I have 150GB a month for $37 a month bundled.
http://www.telus.com/content/internet/high-speed/compare-high-speed-plans.jsp
And the only way I can exceed my plan cap is if I use Bit torrent too much.

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Mortal_M

The real question is who didn't see this coming?

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Captain_Steve

I feel sorry for the one Maximum PC member here who is always going on about how amazing having On-Live service is. Though then I imagine him as one of the 200 employees who was just trying to drum up some business and feel even sadder.

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CaptainFabulous

And I feel sorry for people who are arrogant and close-minded.

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Mortal_M

And there he is!

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pastorbob

So what in the blazes is OnLive? Never heard of them. But then I don't rely on the cloud for backups or apps and I am not a game player so go figure.

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gothliciouz

yeah!... misleading headline!

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sundropdrinker3

I was waiting for the "Re-Born" part. Nothing being reborn here. Yet.

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