After seeing the OnLive streaming game service at PAX Prime, I didn’t think that within a few weeks after I would see it go wireless, yet here I am, reporting to you that if you haven’t signed up into this service or heard about it, you might want to look into it.
OnLive has officially gone WiFi, meaning you can now use a wireless connection to access the service.
Previously, users were required to have a wired connection between router and computer to ensure speed and patency of the internet stream. As of late last week, OnLive has deemed wireless connections acceptable, at least on a beta basis.
Users can sign up for the beta after logging into their accounts.
In my mind, OnLive is pretty revolutionary because it provides a service where you can buy and rent games as long as you have a broadband internet connection. Right now the service is free for one year after signing up, and games range in price from $10 for a indy game to $50 for a full blockbuster title. Games like Assassin’s Creed 2, Just Cause 2, Borderlands, and Mafia II are currently offered by OnLive, and officials with the service say they expect that upcoming retail titles will be available on release date. If that doesn’t seem good enough, they are having a sale with up to 75 percent off selected games so you can try it out for yourself — affordably.
If you don’t have a problem with the fact of not owning a disc or a case for your games, this might just be a solution for you. Of course, there are the concerns that if OnLive were to out of business, users would loose all their games, which is true. However, I think that OnLive reps say there’s little chance of that considering that there’s been a large amount of heavy-hitter investors in the service, including AT&T Media Holdings, Warner Bros., Autodesk, and investment firm Maverick Capital. So, at least for the time being, it seems OnLive won’t be going belly-up anytime soon.
While impressive before the inclusion of WiFi, opening up OnLive to users who use wireless networks should go a long way to making it a big player in the growing online market. How you ask? Well, I am running the OnLive service, wirelessly, on a Eee Netbook — not a two-grand gaming machine or Alienware hardware. And it’s seamless, from what I can tell.
If I can play demos and run games that require a Xbox 360 or faster computer to play them on a netbook, at home, wireles, with no glitches, slow downs, or degradation of graphics, that is just amazing in itself.