OnLive launches in UK, partners with GameSpot UK

Cloud-based games platform OnLive made available to British gamers; the service's instant demos integrated into GameSpot UK.

OnLive has launched in the UK, offering its cloud-based gaming platform to British gamers for the first time. The company has also partnered with GameSpot UK, letting users play demos of such games as Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine and Dirt 3 directly from the site.

OnLive lets users play games on lower-end computers and the company's microconsole device by performing the bulk of processing on remote servers and live streaming the results over an Internet connection. The OnLive Game System, which includes the console and a wireless controller, retails for £70 in the UK, with GAME the first High Street store to sell the system.

Among the OnLive games available at launch in the UK are Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, and Homefront. Games can be purchased or rented individually. Warhammer 40K: Space Marine, for example, is £3.50 for three-day access, £5 for five days, or £35 to buy.

A subscription service offers access to a library of games, such as Borderlands and Batman: Arkham Asylum, for £7 a month. OnLive partner BT is giving its broadband customers a three-month subscription for free. Another promotional deal lets OnLive users pick up their first game for £1.

To try the service, visit the OnLive website. From there, you can click the "Play It Now" button wherever you see it on GameSpot UK to try the game on OnLive. For more information, check out our feature on the service.

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Madbane
Madbane

I tryed onlive, it is good idea, got some good aspects, but graphic quality is realy low and even with this low graphics it got graphic lags, definitely they need more computer power to pull more users to thier ranks

Darth_DuMas
Darth_DuMas

Are they on crack, for £70 I want more than a little box (THEY need me to have) and a controller.

mpeg3s
mpeg3s

Just RUN when your ISP wants to focus on profits! They're going to stick you with the metered data bill.

-Carge-
-Carge-

Shame thats its broken. I can't make the launcher load no matter how many times I click on it. Its like the download is corrupted or something

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

Still doesn't beat owning the game, placing the disc into your console and sitting on the sofa in your underwear and shouting at your tv. Before rushing off to the toilet where you sit for an hour reading the manual. You can get bent if you think I'm trading that in for this.

braqoon
braqoon

I have fibre from Talk Talk and after opening some ports on my router i had almost lag free experience. Only thing i still had to adjust is the quality of streaming, it feels like a youtube video all the time, no sharp edges. If you have no issue with buying games which you can't hold in your hand and you are 100% dependent on internet connection and service availability then this can be for you. Can't fault game for a £1 , there is no strings attached. Well done OnLive for such a marketing magnet. You got me here. Ps. This eats your bandwidth like hell so be sure you got plenty of it. UDP ports required : http://tinyurl.com/onliveudpports

Sohereiam
Sohereiam

@Freezezzy You forgot the fact that if too many people use it, the connect will lag, I have a 4mb connection and my lag as if its having a seizure. And I prefer to own my games.

supertom221
supertom221

@Link3301 Well if you aren't willing you shouldn't complain. If you don't got the money for it, that's what consoles are for. Like there is any PC exclusive that wasn't alraedy defiled for profit, even The Witcher is getting ported.

Freezezzy
Freezezzy

I just can't get excited about this. I mean, sure, it's nice of them to offer a service that allows owners of low-end computers to play high-end games, but what if their internet connection isn't perfect? Many, if not all, games require instant input (via some type of controller), and at least good timing. If your connection lags, even slightly, then it's gonna affect your ability to enjoy the game. Also, having access to your games limited by your internet connection is ridiculous. The only time that should happen is with (online) multiplayer games. @edwise18 Same here.

edwise18
edwise18

No thanks. I like to own my games.

Rocker6
Rocker6

I guess it could be good to try out some demos,etc,but I wont have any use of it,in my country,Interenet connection is quite slow(at least its stable),also my rig can easily handle any game out there.Still,its a good thing,Im sure there are ppl out there who will have some use out of it.

vadicta
vadicta

It seems bizarre to me that Gamespot would be teaming up with a distribution platform like this. I hope this won't affect their partiality if OnLive becomes a larger, more competitive entity in the gaming industry.

somberfox
somberfox

@supertom221 Not everyone is fortunate enough to have money to buy a serious gaming PC. If you have one, you aren't in the target audience of OnLive and shouldn't complain. This kind of service opens the doors of gaming for people who can only afford cheap hardware.

happy_84k
happy_84k

I have 2mbps internet speed, and it didn't work for me.

Link3301
Link3301

@supertom221, It might help the PC gaming get a larger audience. Many people aren't willing to pay for monster PCs. It will make PC gaming more accessible.

supertom221
supertom221

And I care why??... Any true PC gamer has a monster PC already. Anyone who doesn't probably owns either of the major consoles. And someone who 'till this date had none, probably isn't a gamer at all. Also, a service that charges you with time limits to play the games?? No thank you, i'll stick with Steam.