Gaming has changed forever.

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  1. Led

    Led Banned

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    OnLive was debuted at GDC with a simple concept. Why not have developer computers run the games and stream the video to your computer. You can theoretically have crysis quality visuals on your 300 dollar netbook. Kotaku explains it beautifully.

    If you don't want to use your computer and want to play it on your television all you need is the "micro-console" that decodes the incoming video and sends the controller input back and forth. The "micro-console" as they call it will cost less than the consoles out right now and be possibly free if you sign a service contract which is said to be on par with xbox live.

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    Here's an interview with a developer explaining everything:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxReVwEYTAs

    Source:http://kotaku.com/5181300/onlive-makes-pc-upgrades-extinct-lets-you-play-crysis-on-your-tv

    Onlive has a website that has a timer counting down from 12 hours at the time of post.

    Another IGN Article: http://pc.ign.com/articles/965/965535p1.html
  2. studangerous

    studangerous Super Moderator Emeritus Staff Member

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    Looks very interesting but to be really successful it requires a global growth in bandwidth. 'HD games require 4-5M connection' - I can't see networks growing that fast globally, though of course it could take the more mature markets by storm.
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    Great idea, hope it works.
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    wow that's quite amazing..what about the information lag between input-output over the network though?
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    i agree to beebop. There has to br some kind of delay between your input, and the streaming the server sends you.
  6. InaudibleWhisper

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    I don't think cloud computer will just change gaming; it'll change the whole way we think about computers. All you need is a screen and access to the internet and you can theoretically stream the most powerful PC in the world to your screen. I think in the future people will just have a screen, a keyboard and a mouse and their internet service provider will provide subscriptions such as "Basic PC package - 1TB memory, 4GB Ram, Quad Core", "Medium PC Package - 10TB Memory, 32GB Ram, Whatever" etc etc (this is the future remember so PC's will be quite a bit more powerful). The point is, we won't need a PC. We'll subscribe to a PC and have it's power and capabilities directly streamed to us. Yes, that means you could have an iPhone which is just a screen capable of streaming the best PC in the world. The possibilities are endless.
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    In the future, maybe. Right now even if the computer doing the actual work was in your room you'd have considerable lag, as you need to stream quite a lot of data.
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    All it has to stream is your input via the mouse and keyboard which would be nigh on instantaneous and they stream back video footage of the game being played by you. They don't render it on your screen, streaming the data. It's the same as watching an HD video streaming over the internet.
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    pretty cool!
  10. Kukumber

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    Yeah only where can you watch a 720p video stream LIVE without buffering...

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