End of Onlive
On 30th of April Onlive will be closing its doors to users as the turbulent venture which has pretty much cost firms couple of million in terms of lost investments calls it a night.
Its something I am pretty sure Most others also predicted not going to really take off in the long run as shown in the following articles that were written concerning Onlive
Steam and nvidia Join the Party
So steam along with Nvidia have joined the console market, one must ask is it really appropriate for them to join the market with what they are going to provide?
so lets break this down into different parts and talk about the individual parties and what they will be providing.
Lets start with Steam and “Piston”
Firstly as great as the concept is for allowing their consumers to hook up their console to their TV, wait there a moment.
Its already been done with other consoles like Playstation, Xbox 360 and all other Game Manufacturers out there, so this seems a lot like Onlive with their on demand service of streaming games to their console or through the PC.
Now most websites are predicting that this will harm Game manufacturers, this is utterly nonsense as proven by how badly Onlive have done and back then leading industry figures were bragging about how this technology would change the face of gaming and to be frank that was the worst test of judgment I have seen or read.
As Most people who play Games on steam, I have a accustomed to building my PC to last a long time and to be able to upgrade the components to run the latest games which are launched to their maximum performance.
Now with Piston it would just be like any other console, apart from lacking the optical bays
it does have the advantage of being upgradable with the latest parts, Steam have also made it so you can send your older working parts back when upgrading to get some credit in return to use on purchases.
Unlike Onlive which was a on demand PC gaming which you basically rented the games for life (Well while it was being streamed)”
The End of Physical Gaming Media?
With the Onlive demand service where you pay for the Game, you don’t really own a physical copy of the game and technically are paying just for the privilege of playing the game which is hosted on a server.
One good thing about this which comes to mind is you can almost play the game on any platform ranging from the humble Galaxy Tab to your PC.
downside to this is that it requires a decent internet connection 2MB being the minimum connection speed (since the graphics are processed on the servers at the end on their system, you computer can be simple and not designed for Gaming)
Which is great for people who can’t afford or want to build up a computer to play a couple of games which may interest them.
Onlive are good for a couple of things which I will admit others could learn from, for almost all games users get the chance to play a Game for 30min (not a demo but the whole game from start to finish) this allows the user to get a feel for the game and if they like it they then can rent it out for 3-day, 5-day or buy the right to play the game for Full Access.
there is also an option to go on a subscription plan and pay a flat out fee a month and play from a selection of games as much as you want.
So for Casual Gamers this is a great option as its almost no strings attached and you get to play the games whenever you like and pretty much anywhere in the world.
and for those that worry about piracy, with no physical copy to pirate it means the media is a bit more secure from being duplicated and sold on the black market.
You don’t have to worry about running out of space on your Hard drives or have to go through the process of having to uninstall some of your games from your collection to make way for your next game.
and Since the Onlive system uses its servers to store your game saves rather than a local file on your system, if the worst should happen and your computer should crash then you would be happy to know your hours of hard work are still safe.
Downsides to this in my view is the lack of a physical copy, in most cases you are paying full retail value for the game when it hits the market, so going to the shops or a retailers you could most likely pick up a Box version for much Less than that which is advertised on the market place for Onlive.
You are also at the fate of Onlive and if they think that is worth keeping the game on their servers if the demand for it should drop and not really be worth them to host anymore.
If you lose connection then you will lose the game (as in you can’t carry on playing as there is no local buffer or stored game partition on your system which the game will carry on running)
Onlive Gaming on Demand is good and Bad, as mentioned above it has its Pros and it Has its Cons.