OnLive Cloud Gaming Service Returns

OnLive returns with enhanced functionality, new cloud gaming services

By on March 5, 2014 at 10:30 PM.

OnLive returns with enhanced functionality, new cloud gaming services

The last time we wrote a report about OnLive, the cloud gaming company was falling apart. A majority of the staff had been laid off, investors were left high and dry, and it looked like curtains for the innovative service. But OnLive isn’t dead yet. Engadget reports that after years of silence, OnLive has announced that two new initiatives, one of which is already live: CloudLift and OnLive Go. More →

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HTC burned for $40 million as cloud gaming startup OnLive implodes

By on August 20, 2012 at 3:20 PM.

HTC burned for $40 million as cloud gaming startup OnLive implodes

HTC OnLive Investment Lost

It’s a good thing HTC (2498) dialed back its Beats investment last month, because the $150 million it will save on that deal might help take the sting off the $40 million the company just lost on another investment. OnLive, a cloud-based gaming company that launched two years ago, just imploded. Huge layoffs swept the gaming startup late last week as the firm’s assets were acquired by a new company. According to a recent filing with the Taiwan stock exchange uncovered by IDG News, the $40 million investment HTC made in the streaming video game service will evaporate as part of that acquisition. Following a record run in 2011, HTC has hit a rough patch that recently saw $1 billion shed from its market capitalization in just two days as investors responded to the firm’s lowered third-quarter guidance. The company’s latest One-series smartphones were well-received by reviewers, but the devices have not stopped HTC from losing a great deal of ground to Samsung (005930), which is now the only profitable Android vendor among global smartphone makers. More →

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Vizio announces Co-Star with Google TV and OnLive gaming, available next month for $99

By on June 26, 2012 at 10:20 PM.

Vizio announces Co-Star with Google TV and OnLive gaming, available next month for $99

Vizio Co-Star With Google TV OnLive Gaming Support

Vizio on Tuesday announced the future availability of its Co-Star Stream Player. The set-top box is powered by the latest version of Google TV and includes support for OnLive’s cloud gaming service. “Our focus to deliver the best consumer experience continues with today’s announcement of the Co-Star, which delivers a superior smart TV interface that anyone can add to their existing HDTV,” said Matt McRae, VIZIO’s Chief Technology Officer. “We combined the powerful features of Google TV™ with an intuitive and easy to use interface, giving users the power to enjoy an entire world of entertainment.” The Vizio Co-Star will be available for preorder in July for the low-price of $99.99. Vizio’s press release follows below. More →

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OnLive cloud-based gaming to be pre-loaded on LG's Google TV

By on June 5, 2012 at 8:05 PM.

OnLive cloud-based gaming to be pre-loaded on LG's Google TV

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OnLive on Tuesday during the E3 conference in Los Angeles demonstrated its cloud-based gaming service on LG’s G2 Google TV sets. The company announced OnLive social features for Google TV called OnLive Viewer at the Consumer Electronic Show in January, and promised that full console quality gaming would be coming soon. “It’s always been our mission to make top-quality gaming accessible to everyone, everywhere,” said Steve Perlman, founder and CEO of OnLive. “OnLive adds no cost to LG Smart TVs, but delivers a full console-class experience. We’re excited to make on-demand top-tier gaming an integral part of the living room entertainment system on LG’s state-of-the-art TVs.” The LG G2 Series of smart TVs are powered by Google TV and equipped with LG’s new L9 dual-core chipset, along with a custom “user-friendly interface.” The LG Smart TV with Google TV will be the first Google-powered television to come preloaded with OnLive’s on-demand cloud-based video game software. OnLive’s press release follows below. More →

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Rockstar Games and OnLive release ‘L.A. Noire’ for Android tablets

By on March 21, 2012 at 5:50 PM.

Rockstar Games and OnLive release ‘L.A. Noire’ for Android tablets

OnLive on Monday announced that it has added a redesigned version of Rockstar Games’s award-winning “L.A. Noire” to its cloud-based video game streaming service. The two companies teamed up to optimize the game for touch and gesture interfaces on Android tablets, making L.A. Noire the first AAA console-class title to be designed specifically for touch controls. The OnLive gaming app can be found in the Google Play app catalog for compatible smartphones and tablets, and L.A. Noire is priced at $5.99. Read on for OnLive’s press release. More →

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OnLive and Microsoft butt heads over Windows virtualization

By on March 8, 2012 at 4:15 PM.

OnLive and Microsoft butt heads over Windows virtualization

OnLive, a company known for its cloud-based gaming service, has been pushing its “Desktop App” for iPad and select Android tablets. The program uses virtualization technology to create a remotely hosted, fully functional version of Windows 7 desktop — Microsoft’s Office suite included — on a tablet, and has been met with a great deal of praise. Microsoft, however, cannot be counted among the service’s fans. In a post on the company’s blog, the software giant expressed concerns that the app may be in violation of its licensing agreements and is “actively engaged with OnLive with the hope of bringing them into a properly licensed scenario, and we are committed to seeing this issue is resolved.” OnLive did not immediately respond to a request for comment.  More →

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OnLive Desktop App now available for Android tablets

By on March 1, 2012 at 11:25 PM.

OnLive Desktop App now available for Android tablets

The OnLive Desktop App is now available for free in the Android Market. OnLive is known for its cloud-based gaming service, which delivers console-quality games that are synchronized, rendered, and stored on remote servers and then streamed over the Internet to compatible devices. At the Consumer Electronics Show in January, the company announced the “OnLive Desktop App” for the iPad, and now an Android version is available as well. The app uses virtualization technology to create a remotely hosted, fully functional version of Windows 7 desktop on your tablet. The basic OnLive Desktop service is free with a “Plus” version available for $4.99 per month, which features gigabit-speed accelerated web browsing and access to other cloud storage services such as Dropbox. The OnLive Desktop app requires at least Android 2.3 and is compatible with the Acer Iconia Tab A500, ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, Motorola XOOM, Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1, and HTC Jetstream. Read on for OnLive’s press release. More →

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OnLive streaming game service to be preloaded on all Google TV devices

By on January 11, 2012 at 11:05 PM.

OnLive streaming game service to be preloaded on all Google TV devices

Google TV continues to make a decent impact at the Consumer Electronics Show. On Wednesday, Google and OnLive announced that the company’s streaming game service was coming to Google TV devices. OnLive delivers console-quality games that are synchronized, rendered, and stored on remote servers and then are streamed over the Internet. The service launched in 2010 and is available on Windows, OS X, Android and iOS operating systems. “With OnLive, the latest high-performance video games stream just as instantly as videos or movies,” said OnLive’s chief executive Steve Perlman. As the company does with most new platforms, the service will launch as a “Viewer” on Google TV, allowing users to watch and use OnLive social features. However, OnLive is working closely with Google to enable full gameplay with gamers from around the world. Vizio will be the first manufacturer to incorporate the service into its Google TV devices. More →

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Hands-on with OnLive’s new tablet support on Flyer, XOOM, and iPad

By on June 7, 2011 at 5:01 PM.

Hands-on with OnLive’s new tablet support on Flyer, XOOM, and iPad

OnLive — the popular gaming service that allows you to purchase, subscribe, or rent games and play them on your television —  has now announced that it’s extending its gaming support to mobile devices. Later this summer the company will debut a new controller, as well as applications for iOS and Android. OnLive basically streams the game your playing, which means you don’t need to have an insane amount of hardware muscle on your device just to play Duke Nukem in all of its glory while on the road. We had a chance to go hands-on with OnLive running on the iPad, HTC Flyer, and Motorola XOOM, and the experience was virtually the same across all three devices; we were blown away at the performance. The custom controller, which will also launch later this summer, felt a lot like an Xbox 360 controller, and we felt right at home. Check out our gallery below, then hit the jump for the full press release.

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OnLive gaming service launches with a free one year subscription

By on June 17, 2010 at 11:45 PM.

OnLive gaming service launches with a free one year subscription

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OnLive, the much ballyhooed online gaming service, has finally made its official debut. Having been in beta and available for select users since September 2009, OnLive has begun activating new accounts for the general public As an incentive to garner interest and beef up subscriber numbers, gamers who sign up between now July 15th will receive one free year of service, after which the cost will be $4.95 per month. Beta testers will receive the same subscription offer with a free game thrown in as a bonus. Before you jump for joy over a year of free gaming, this free one year offer is for the monthly subscription only and does not include the cost of games which will range from $5 to $55. Launch titles include Assassin’s Creed 2, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell, Mass Effect 2, NBA 2K10, DiRT 2, and more. If you have an Intel Mac or a Windows PC with a broadband Internet connection, then head on over to OnLive and sign up for the free trial. What do you have to lose except for precious time lost with loved ones due to non-stop, console-free online gaming? More →

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