My friend told me about onlive a few weeks ago, and after seeing an ad, I decided to check it out. Basically, it’s a cloud based gaming service. When connected, your keyboard and mouse (or controller) input is sent automatically to their servers, and they stream back a live, HD video feed of your game. This means that, provided your internet connection is good enough, you can play über realistic games on a netbook because their servers do all the work of rendering the graphics, and all your computer does is display a video stream.
My first question was about lag, but, while it’s there, it doesn’t seem too bad, and eventually I was able to forget that this is all streaming from a server in California.
So what does everyone think of it? I’ve heard a LOT of negative reactions from PC gamers. I’ve never been a big PC gamer. I haven’t even really played a console in years, and haven’t really messed around with a PS3 or Xbox 360, so all these new fangled bump maps and light blooms are new for me, so I don’t really care whether the video is compressed because I wouldn’t know the difference.
Give me your opinions