Eurogamer Expo 2011: OnLive
As we arrived at Eurogamer Expo 2011 there was a special buzz in the air: something had been announced prior to our arrival and a patience-testing queue was already forming. Slap-bang in the middle of the Expo was a stall set up exclusively for a brand new gaming service. On Thursday, 22nd September 2011 OnLive launched in the UK. Previously, I’d heard of this system when it was initially released in the US and was intrigued pertaining the future potential and path it could pave for gaming. Now it had crossed the big pond and landed on these shores.
OnLive promises to provide an on-demand video game service in the same way as you’d stream music or film, letting you play the titles you want without the need for the latest hardware. OnLive’s cloud gaming service can be streamed via an app onto your PC or tablet, or, alternatively, straight into your HDTV via an OnLive Game System. Free to those that queued-up and subscribed at the launch weekend, the box will retail for £69.99, and includes a controller and all the cables you’ll need to get started.
Additionally, the first game purchased through the system will cost £1 as an introductory offer. After that, games will cost up to £39.99 or you can purchase time-limited rentals on selected products. There’s also the OnLive PlayPack, a subscription fee of £6.99 a month that gives you instant access to a library of over one hundred titles.
It’s an intriguing idea and I’ve currently got my eye on Amnesia: Dark Descent, Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine and Deus Ex: Human Revolution, three titles I’ve yet to play. And at £1 for my first title, it’s an offer that can’t be refused.
Throughout this week I’ll be setting up the system, trying out the service, downloading my first game and reporting back on how well it plays. Stay tuned.