OnLive Micro Console Review

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arosadler

Even though this is new and has tons of potential I feel strangely resistant to it. Broadband coverage is still spotty in this country and, given the greed of the major telecoms, probably will always be far slower than what is enjoyed by lesser developed countries. How well will their system handle heavy traffic? If they're charging $49 for premium titles, how expensive will the flat rate plan be? If I can build a respectable gaming rig for the cost of a years service, I'll take the rig.

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aviaggio

If you take the rig instead of year's flat rate service you'll still then have to buy the games.

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KenLV

I still don’t get it.  The touted “advantage” is that you don’t need to upgrade to or buy a bleeding edge PC to play the latest games.  Great, BUT, the “streaming” isn’t “bleeding edge quality” or even above average, it’s “middle-of-the-road PC” quality.  So, for the “advantage” you pay to “rent” the games that you never own and even if you DO own an above average PC, the best you will ever see is middle-of-the-road quality?

If I wanted to play the latest and greatest at "middle-of-the-road PC" levels, I’d buy a console or play on my 4 year old system instead of my one year old system.  Or maybe on my laptop instead! :)

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aviaggio

What's not to get? No matter how you break it down this still costs less than a console. And you'd rather play on a 15" laptop screen instead of your big screen TV?

And sorry, but most of the big title games on this service won't run well enough on a 4 year old machine, at least not without some upgrading.

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KenLV

“And sorry, but most of the big title games on this service won't run well enough on a 4 year old machine…”

They’ll play that well or better at a crappy 1280 x 720 and everything turned down to a comparable level – which is my point.  If I want them to play in higher res and prettier I can’t do that on my 4 year old system, BUT I can’t do it with the OnLive box or service EITHER.  I’m trying to compare apples to apples.  And the quality you get with this is no better than what can be achieved WITHOUT upgrading.  So, the “value” of not needing to upgrade your PC is silly.

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HeartBurnKid

"And you'd rather play on a 15" laptop screen instead of your big screen TV?"

Don't spout this crap.  You post on Maximum PC, you're reasonably tech savvy.  If you don't know that any HDTV in the world can accept a PC connection, there's something wrong with you.

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aviaggio

Of course you can hook up your laptop to the TV, but that's not what he said. If you have a laptop and you're willing to hook and unhook it to your TV and sound system every time you want to play, along with having a wireless keyboard/mouse/controller, then yeah, you wouldn't need this.

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KenLV

One cable - HDMI
I think I can handle it.

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HeartBurnKid

That is why God invented docks.

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QuadraQ

I like the idea of a subscription service like Netflix. I would take it even further and say that the hardware here is very simple and could easily be added to many existing devices like TV's and Blu-ray players. Then you really have the Netflix model in play. Buy a new Blu-ray player, an OnLive controller, and pay $15 a month and play as many games as you want! Talk aboug a game changer.

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Teh_tourist

Awkward on camera guy is awkward on camera:)

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aviaggio

He wasn't awkward at all.

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whyyes123

SIGH.

I have a beta account I got over a month ago, not fast enough internet.

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etsugua

can it/will it support the keyboard/mouse control or is it strictly limited to the provided gamepad?  I'm kinda addicted to the k/m combo.  Hopefully they will provide one as an alternative to the gamepad. 

This looks very interesting - now if only I can play the games I purchased on Steam.  How about a new service called SteamPipe that links the two?  I might even pay a subscription fee for that flexibiliy...

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aviaggio

It can be used with a keyboard and mouse as well as other USB controllers.

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machew100

"a full sized modern console system"
>>"modern"

good one maximum pc!

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somethingelse

modern = PS3 / Xbox360.   not modern = NES, PS1, Genesis.  wtf is your point? what's wrong with that sentence?

Cool article, would love to be a Sys Admin at onlive, must be a pretty crazy set up :D

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carnivorousslushee23

He obviously refers to the fact that the 360 and PS3 run on weak, dated hardware by our elitist PC gamer standards.  The 360 has a pathetic Radeon GPU similar to the X1900, a tricore CPU, and a paltry 512MB of DDR3.  The PS3 is pretty much in the same boat, although a bit more powerful than the 360.  Compare these to a modern gaming PC by our standards, which is equipped with a quad-core CPU, 4GB DDR3, and a DX11 card (5770, 6850, GTX 460, etc).  You get the idea.

I totally agree with his statement: "modern" consoles are anything but modern, save for the fact that they are the current generation of consoles.

 

 

And "Swoonish love"?  These Captchas get more interesting every day.

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routine

I'm in when they have a subscription plan like Netflix.

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aviaggio

When I try to watch the video it comes up saying it's marked as private.

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JDHatman

I'll third that.

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SilverSurferNHS

I'll second that.

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