Wednesday, March 25, 2009

OnLive - Console Killer? Never upgrade your computer again?


The basic concept is to make gaming hardware obsolete by having all the games on servers. So you can stream Crysis Warhead(a game even my new computer has some issues with) in 720p to your TV, PC, or Mac with no stuttering or lag. You can apparently do it with just a tiny little "micro console" (for TV) or with just a browser plug in and an entry level (onboard graphics) computer. It sounds too good to be true, but I found their presentation pretty convincing.

They key is the bandwidth... they claim you need at least 1.5 megabits per second is required for standard definition and least 5 mbps for high def... and how it performs at 7pm on Friday night. I only have DSL, but I submitted my name for the public beta they're having this summer.

UPDATE: Tycho is understandably skeptical. I share the skepticism, but I don't see any harm in hoping that it works like they say it does.