PC gaming is really the only place for people who actually like video games. If you sometimes like video games, grab a console. Once you realize that you’re in for life or sometime near life, upgrade to PC gaming and you’ll never look back. The only reason that people should ever consider a console over a gaming rig is for the sake of simplicity. Any PC builder will tell you when game specs start changing there are loads of customers who either need help upgrading, or have upgraded and are disappointed that they still can’t play the latest games. Crysis did this to so many of my customers I still can’t play that game without getting a little mad at CryTek.
It looks like OnLive is aimed square at that market. Those that want the simplicity of a console, but the power of a PC. The power comes from taking advantage of two major shifts in computing: cloud computer and the advent of widespread broadband. The actual PC load is taken off the shoulder’s of your already overworked PC but you still get the full experience of the game running at full speed in great resolutions. Or at least, that’s what the pitch is.
In addition to that they’ve come up with the idea of the microconsole. While PC and Mac users can both play through their computers, people who dont’ want to buy a PC can buy the microconsole. It looks like a slim box with 2 USB ports that can connect to your TV. I haven’t had a chance to play with one of these myself so I can’t give you any more details than that. The idea is solid though, a thin client in a nice case to access cloud or grid networks.
I’m excited to see how this all pans out. Servers are already used in most multiplayer games and that’s really where the fun is. To incorporate a client-server relationship for a game you play on your own is the next logical step. If this is marketed correctly I could see people attracted to it. The ability to demo games without downloading them, or even rent out time on a title online is really appealing.
If nothing else, go to the website to find out more about it and sign up as a beta tester.