Having secured over $5.5 million in Kickstarter funding, the $99 Rubik's cube-sized Ouya console has a lot of expectations to live up to. Designed as a console with low-cost games aimed at disrupting the console order in the living room, Ouya just announced its secret weapon: OnLive cloud gaming.
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OnLive's vision of streaming video games right into your home using cloud-based rendering is ambitious. Theoretically, it means you can play a graphic-intensive game on a netbook without needing a high-end graphics card to render it. Realistically, it won't be in HD or play as well on a tiny keyboard. OnLive is planning to bring its video game streaming service to your HDTV with its new console box.
The idea behind OnLive — that you can stream console, PC and portable games to a wide variety of devices — shows so much promise, and yet the execution has left a lot to be desired. The worse offense was an odd subscription fee you had to pay on top of buying or renting games. Thankfully, that's gone.
As promised, OnLive is going live this month. Right now, in fact. You could try it out for yourself if you wanted to. Early adopters get to enjoy the service (read: not the games) for free for a full year, and everyone else has to pay for admission. That's a little irksome — why punish people who weren't in the beta? — but it gets worse.
We've talked about OnLive before, and the service impressed us with its seemingly impossible promise: to stream console and computer games to your TV or PC (or Mac) on demand without having to install them. On the console side of...
Could this be the console killer that puts the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and even the Nintendo Wii out to pasture? OnLive thinks so, taking care of all the heavy graphics rendering on its monster servers up in the cloud,...