OnLive, a streaming video-game service that aims to take traditional console business, has stuck a deal that will bring it to the U.K. Under the terms of the deal, OnLive will partner with British Telecommunications to deliver the service to homes across the U.K. BT also bought a 2.6 percent stake in the San Francisco-based company.
OnLive plans to go live in the United States on June 17. It will cost $14.95 a month and offer gamers the ability to buy or rent AAA games from the likes of Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, THQ, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, and 2K Games. BT did not say when it will roll out the OnLive service.
The idea behind the service is that people will get high-frame-rate, no-lag performance out of most console games, regardless of their computer, as long as they have minimum Internet connection speeds of 1.5Mbps for standard-definition play and 5Mbps for HD, and are no more than 1,000 miles from an OnLive data center.
They are going to need a lot of data centers to keep up with demand if this thing takes off. I am willing to give it a try it’s like an instant Gamefly, you’re paying the same amount for instant gratification. Now since it’s mostly handled on the sever side what is to stop them having an app for the iPad? Not iPhone we need big screens here. I’m sure the A4 chip is more than up to snuff to handle it and I’ve had a hard time putting down the wii remote while playing Snes4iphone. What are your thoughts on streaming games on iPad?