Once upon a time… I was actually very doubtful of games streaming services like OnLive being the future and at one point may have even called it a future flop waiting to happen, but today OnLive has proven me wrong and given way to an entirely new infrastructure model for games companies all over the world to envy and emulate.
— H i t m a n $ K ! L (@hitman0769) October 6, 2014
— OnLive (@OnLive) October 6, 2014
One of the main fears that many have with streaming services like OnLive is that their library will one day be invalid, no good, or somehow vaporized. A simple patch if the servers were sunset would easily prevent that, but more importantly so it is exemplary customer service and commitment by companies like OnLive which have proven that relentless support of a streaming games service can result in a well polished product.
Everything about the user interface at OnLive has been revamped from its past incarnations. Don’t get me wrong, those weren’t entirely bad or unoriginal either. In the original OnLive Beta players were already watching others in ongoing matches that they could join (if co-op / multiplayer) and discover friends during.
This was way ahead of its time and has now become commonplace as industry fixtures like PlayStation Network and Raptr have recently put into place as well, not in light due to the largely visible success of Twitch.TV – all part of a gaming experience that is driven to intuitive gaming selections in the moment with plenty of players to join.
In terms of its micro-console, OnLive is offering a small device that is easy to bring with you places, yet capable of full hardcore gaming experiences anywhere you find a TV and internet connection.
Don’t miss out on your Arkham adventures just because it’s bad timing – there’s sometimes situations where you are willing to bring a small gaming unit but not the entire closet pileup of consoles, PC’s, laptops, iPads, iPods, Tamagotchis, and Gameboy Color peripherals nobody ever figured out the purpose of. Simply grab OnLive’s micro-console and beastly gaming controller to take on the go with you streaming from OnLive’s high quality cloud service once at the destination.
It doesn’t stop there though. At this point, you can play OnLive games on just about anything. There are even exclusive features to doing so at times too. You can play OnLive games through tablets, computers, macbooks, and even some smart televisions without any additional hardware required. OnLive can even be side-loaded onto the Amazon Fire TV in case you’ve got one of those and don’t want the OnLive Micro Console itself. However, I personally would expect the service to perform best on its own dedicated hardware OnLive Micro Console, but it’s still great that the option was given for those on as many existing platforms as possible to play OnLive.
Take a look below at the OnLive Micro Console and its game controller.
More to come as we investigate hands-on the OnLive service across a variety of devices.