OnLive cloud gaming review

OnLive cloud gaming review

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  • Until now, playing the latest PC games has required you to own the latest hardware. No longer. Out in the US since last year, the OnLive service streams games to your PC, Mac, HD TV and soon your tablet, letting you play titles that are actually run remotely on OnLive’s servers

    OnLive cloud gaming review

    Love

    • High-end games on low-end kit
    • Nice controller
    • Amazing technical leap

    Hate

    • Needs swift broadband
    • No Wi-Fi
    • Need to buy wireless bridge

    This means you can play bang up-to-date, HD games – 150 titles at launch, including multiplayer – on low-spec machines. No more costly graphics card upgrades are required, just a solid web connection, and you’re away.

    OnLive: Features

    The MicroConsole doesn’t support Wi-Fi, so if your router is in the hallway, you’ll need to invest in a Wireless Bridge (about £40) or a long ethernet cable. You can connect via Wi-Fi on PC and Mac, but there’s no wireless controller yet. It’s arriving in autumn; you can use an Xbox controller or the keyboard till then.

    You can get free, 30-minute trials of the whole OnLive catalogue, then rent games for three or four days, or buy them outright. It needs a few tech tweaks before gaming PC makers start bricking it, but OnLive is off to a great start.

    OnLive: Performance

    OnLive worked great on our office rig – we’ve got a 50-meg connection. Below 5Mbps, picture quality dropped off on larger TVs and our 24-inch iMac, to the point where graphics were pretty poor compared to the Xbox 360 or PS3, although there still wasn’t much lag. On a laptop, OnLive worked well at speeds above 2Mbps, with little lag or artefacting.

    OnLive: Testing

    We played Dirt 3 and Deus Ex: Human Revolution with the MicroConsole on 52- and 21-inch HD TVs and also with the app on a 15-inch MacBook Pro and 24-inch iMac on both rural and London networks, using ethernet and Wi-Fi. OnLive recommends the former, and the MicroConsole doesn’t support the latter. PCs and Macs can use it, however.

    With the average UK broadband speed 6.8Mbps, we found a speed as low as 2.4Mbps produced decent results on the laptop. The same could not be said for HD TV or iMac, for which you’ll want minimum 5Mbps, copper connection or, ideally, fibre optic. Only on our 50Mbps fibre-optic pipe was the ultimate in 52-inch gaming visual luxury achieved.

    OnLive: Verdict

    ONLive is a revelatory concept that could change gaming forever, even if it’s not quite the finished article in this incarnation

    OnLive availability: Out now

    OnLive price:

    Controller and microconsole £70, games from £1.99 or playback subscription £6.99 per month

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