OnLive Invades Britain With Sweet Launch Deals

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OnLive Invades Britain With Sweet Launch Deals

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UK gamers now have a new type of cloud to enjoy ...

It's taken a little while (just over a year, to be exact), but cloud gaming service OnLive has finally arrived in Britain. Now, UK gamers will get to see what their comrades across the pond have been taking advantage of since June 2010; meanwhile, the service is getting some help from various groups in establishing a foothold in the country.

British retailer GAME is the first physical store that is selling the OnLive Micro Console (which is currently selling for £69.99). However, it should be noted that "initial rollout will be limited to the group's websites."

Meanwhile, OnLive's broadband partner BT has a couple of sweet deals for new its customers interested in signing up with the game service: Even though a normal subscription fee is normally £6.99 per month, the first three months will be absolutely free. On top of that, BT is providing an offer where one game valued up to £39.99 can instead be purchased for £1. Finally, OnLive content won't count towards data usage until this coming January.

Has anyone over in the UK actually picked up an OnLive Micro Console yet and started using the service? Here in the United States, the service has proven (generally) reliable, but things don't always go smoothly when something like this is is launched on a brand new continent.

Source: GamesIndustry.biz

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It's an interesting idea, but there aren't enough good games on the subscription model to warrant getting involved in my opinion. If every game they had on their site was in the subscription I'd definitely sign up provided I could stream the games well enough.

the games are £39.99? may aswell just buy them new and actually own the game.

ryo02:
the games are £39.99? may aswell just buy them new and actually own the game.

Pretty much this, if this so called "cloud" is the way of the future then i fear for the worst.

ryo02:
the games are £39.99? may aswell just buy them new and actually own the game.

Well the idea is that you can play games at super-high end PC quality without needing a £3000 PC, you only need a fast internet connection. I imagine that console fanboi's (not saying you are one) will over look this point entirely.

OT : I wish i could demo it but my internet is not fast enough.

ryo02:
the games are £39.99? may aswell just buy them new and actually own the game.

You can also get a £6.99 monthly subscription allowing you to play most games as much as you want, apart from the newest releases.

I recieved a free Onlive console yesterday at Eurogamer Expo. Not only that, I then won the raffle, they gave me 4 free games and 2 4 day tickets to next years Eurogamer. I'll be using the 4 free games on a couple of the big releases coming out soon, that I don't intend to replay or play multiplayer on.

As for the service, at the minute it isn't playing nice using my laptop as a wifi bridge. Only problem with the console is it's wired only. But I think the problem is my laptop, not the box. I connected the console direct to my router earlier and played some Dirt 3, and it looked pretty good on my TV, and I didn't really notice any input lag, so seems pretty good to me.

RagTagBand:

ryo02:
the games are £39.99? may aswell just buy them new and actually own the game.

Well the idea is that you can play games at super-high end PC quality without needing a £3000 PC, you only need a fast internet connection. I imagine that console fanboi's (not saying you are one) will over look this point entirely.

OT : I wish i could demo it but my internet is not fast enough.

In which country do you live in where a high end gaming PC costs £3000?

Mr.Amakir:

RagTagBand:

ryo02:
the games are £39.99? may aswell just buy them new and actually own the game.

I imagine that he is exaggerating. At least I hope so.

Well the idea is that you can play games at super-high end PC quality without needing a £3000 PC, you only need a fast internet connection. I imagine that console fanboi's (not saying you are one) will over look this point entirely.

OT : I wish i could demo it but my internet is not fast enough.

In which country do you live in where a high end gaming PC costs £3000?

I imagine that he is exaggerating. At least I hope so.

RagTagBand:

ryo02:
the games are £39.99? may aswell just buy them new and actually own the game.

Well the idea is that you can play games at super-high end PC quality without needing a £3000 PC, you only need a fast internet connection. I imagine that console fanboi's (not saying you are one) will over look this point entirely.

OT : I wish i could demo it but my internet is not fast enough.

I am going to, for now, assume that you are exaggerating.

In case, however, you aren't, let me tell you this: My mate 2 months ago built a PC for less than £500, and it meets the recommended specs they recently released for Battlefield 3. So gaming PC's aren't that expensive anymore.

Well considering that most of the UK doesn't have the speed necessary to use Onlive with any great quality, this is bad.

Im not sure how they plan to overcome the some what patchy broadband speeds in the UK but good luck to em.

I'm getting a free one (connections, woo!), but the service is just too damn expensive. People will put up with consoles, but not this. Also, internet costs are really high in the UK, and if BT are business partners, you just know that people that use other suppliers are going to get shafted.

This is going to fail so badly that there isn't even a word for how much it will fail.

I shall make one.

Uberfailous maximus

Daystar Clarion:
This is going to fail so badly that there isn't even a word for how much it will fail.

I shall make one.

Uberfailous maximus

The naysayers have been saying that since day one. OnLive proven them wrong every time. As prices go, Onlive has so many promotions it make Steam look expensive.

Baldr:

Daystar Clarion:
This is going to fail so badly that there isn't even a word for how much it will fail.

I shall make one.

Uberfailous maximus

The naysayers have been saying that since day one. OnLive proven them wrong every time. As prices go, Onlive has so many promotions it make Steam look expensive.

Not in the UK, with very inconsistent internet speeds, you'll be lucky to run the damn thing.

OK, I haven't really been following this but, what is OnLive? The first time I'd ever heard of it was with that whole GameStop/ Deus Ex thing.

Catchy Slogan:
OK, I haven't really been following this but, what is OnLive? The first time I'd ever heard of it was with that whole GameStop/ Deus Ex thing.

It's a cloud gaming service.

It basically means that the 'console' doesn't run the game, one of OnLive's servers will run the game at the best performance and you play the game on your end.

It pretty much relies on having a high speed internet connection, which let's face it, doesn't really exist in the UK.

Also, you don't own any of the games, despite paying for them.

Daystar Clarion:

Catchy Slogan:
OK, I haven't really been following this but, what is OnLive? The first time I'd ever heard of it was with that whole GameStop/ Deus Ex thing.

It's a cloud gaming service.

It basically means that the 'console' doesn't run the game, one of OnLive's servers will run the game at the best performance and you play the game on your end.

It pretty much relies on having a high speed internet connection, which let's face it, doesn't really exist in the UK.

Also, you don't own any of the games, despite paying for them.

Well. This sound rather unreliable. I'm already with Sky (which sucks in my area) and BT has a nasty habit of throttling your connection because it assumes your a thief if you download anything.

Catchy Slogan:

Daystar Clarion:

Catchy Slogan:
OK, I haven't really been following this but, what is OnLive? The first time I'd ever heard of it was with that whole GameStop/ Deus Ex thing.

It's a cloud gaming service.

It basically means that the 'console' doesn't run the game, one of OnLive's servers will run the game at the best performance and you play the game on your end.

It pretty much relies on having a high speed internet connection, which let's face it, doesn't really exist in the UK.

Also, you don't own any of the games, despite paying for them.

Well. This sound rather unreliable. I'm already with Sky (which sucks in my area) and BT has a nasty habit of throttling your connection because it assumes your a thief if you download anything.

Tell me about it. I'll be lucky if I can get 3 meg from BT where I live.

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Daystar Clarion:

Catchy Slogan:

Daystar Clarion:

It's a cloud gaming service.

It basically means that the 'console' doesn't run the game, one of OnLive's servers will run the game at the best performance and you play the game on your end.

It pretty much relies on having a high speed internet connection, which let's face it, doesn't really exist in the UK.

Also, you don't own any of the games, despite paying for them.

Well. This sound rather unreliable. I'm already with Sky (which sucks in my area) and BT has a nasty habit of throttling your connection because it assumes your a thief if you download anything.

Tell me about it. I'll be lucky if I can get 3 meg from BT where I live.

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Well, at least it's slightly better than mine, overall.

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The most annoying thing is that we used to be with Virgin Media, but the folks changed to SKY even though Virgin Media is better in every concievable way.

Mr.Amakir:

RagTagBand:

ryo02:
the games are £39.99? may aswell just buy them new and actually own the game.

Well the idea is that you can play games at super-high end PC quality without needing a £3000 PC, you only need a fast internet connection. I imagine that console fanboi's (not saying you are one) will over look this point entirely.

OT : I wish i could demo it but my internet is not fast enough.

In which country do you live in where a high end gaming PC costs £3000?

England.

And I know this might blow your mind but "High end" actually means "High end" not "High end for someone who's never spent more than £500 on a computer before". One high end processor can send you back £1000 alone and one High end GPU can send you back another £600.

So no, i'm not exaggerating, Your standards of "High end" are just significantly lower than mine.

razer17:

In case, however, you aren't, let me tell you this: My mate 2 months ago built a PC for less than £500, and it meets the recommended specs they recently released for Battlefield 3. So gaming PC's aren't that expensive anymore.

Well thats great but the recommended specs for BF3 are only for its medium settings, probably without AA and probably not at a high resolution or very good FPS (1600x1080 probably, at 24+fps).

The community manager at DICE has stated that if you want to play BF3 on the PC and get the same visual experience that has been showcased in the demo's then you're going to need at least two GTX580's in SLI mode...those two GPU's alone cost more than your friends entire computer.

I hate to break it to you, but Gaming PC's are still quite expensive (~£1500+), but your mate does not have a Gaming PC...he has a cheap PC that adequately plays games.

I will not be getting this or trying it, I prefer to own the games I play.

Catchy Slogan:

Daystar Clarion:

Catchy Slogan:

Well. This sound rather unreliable. I'm already with Sky (which sucks in my area) and BT has a nasty habit of throttling your connection because it assumes your a thief if you download anything.

Tell me about it. I'll be lucky if I can get 3 meg from BT where I live.

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Well, at least it's slightly better than mine, overall.

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The most annoying thing is that we used to be with Virgin Media, but the folks changed to SKY even though Virgin Media is better in every concievable way.

And I thought I was getting shafted. Being in the UK sucks when it comes to internet. Here's mine. Just as bad as yours and I'm in Glasgow.
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As for Sky vs Vigin Media they are both as bad as each other. I've had them both, decided to go with Sky because Virgin stopped getting the Sky channels.

Daystar Clarion:

Catchy Slogan:
OK, I haven't really been following this but, what is OnLive? The first time I'd ever heard of it was with that whole GameStop/ Deus Ex thing.

It's a cloud gaming service.

It basically means that the 'console' doesn't run the game, one of OnLive's servers will run the game at the best performance and you play the game on your end.

It pretty much relies on having a high speed internet connection, which let's face it, doesn't really exist in the UK.

Also, you don't own any of the games, despite paying for them.

It only requires 2 Mbps, which is not that high and free to try including a 30-minute full game demo on almost all games, you be stupid to at least not try it.

Davih:

And I thought I was getting shafted. Being in the UK sucks when it comes to internet. Here's mine. Just as bad as yours and I'm in Glasgow.
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As for Sky vs Vigin Media they are both as bad as each other. I've had them both, decided to go with Sky because Virgin stopped getting the Sky channels.

But Virgin has the Sky channels now. And I miss Virgin on demand. And a sensible mini-guide that lets me find out the info on a programme that I'm not currently watching.

lol my favorite thing about onlive is that they allow me to skip their commercial after only 4 seconds

Baldr:

Daystar Clarion:

Catchy Slogan:
OK, I haven't really been following this but, what is OnLive? The first time I'd ever heard of it was with that whole GameStop/ Deus Ex thing.

It's a cloud gaming service.

It basically means that the 'console' doesn't run the game, one of OnLive's servers will run the game at the best performance and you play the game on your end.

It pretty much relies on having a high speed internet connection, which let's face it, doesn't really exist in the UK.

Also, you don't own any of the games, despite paying for them.

It only requires 2 Mbps, which is not that high and free to try including a 30-minute full game demo on almost all games, you be stupid to at least not try it.

I still wouldn't get it.

I'm partial to actually owning my games. Not renting them.

Davih:

Catchy Slogan:

Daystar Clarion:

Tell me about it. I'll be lucky if I can get 3 meg from BT where I live.

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Well, at least it's slightly better than mine, overall.

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The most annoying thing is that we used to be with Virgin Media, but the folks changed to SKY even though Virgin Media is better in every concievable way.

And I thought I was getting shafted. Being in the UK sucks when it comes to internet. Here's mine. Just as bad as yours and I'm in Glasgow.
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As for Sky vs Vigin Media they are both as bad as each other. I've had them both, decided to go with Sky because Virgin stopped getting the Sky channels.

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^ My Sky connection over here in Northern Ireland, however my friend has Virgin and runs at about 15mb/s download speed.

Ha, stop complaining! I'm in Brazil! If you want to see bad internet...
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...wow, those results are actually way better than most of the British guys'.

RagTagBand:

Well thats great but the recommended specs for BF3 are only for its medium settings, probably without AA and probably not at a high resolution or very good FPS (1600x1080 probably, at 24+fps).

The community manager at DICE has stated that if you want to play BF3 on the PC and get the same visual experience that has been showcased in the demo's then you're going to need at least two GTX580's in SLI mode...those two GPU's alone cost more than your friends entire computer.

I hate to break it to you, but Gaming PC's are still quite expensive (~£1500+), but your mate does not have a Gaming PC...he has a cheap PC that adequately plays games.

His PC maxes out Crysis and the Witcher 2. It's a gaming PC. If you build a high end PC now, you'll pay maybe £2,500, and that PC will max every game for a few years. Also, the best CPU you can get at the moment is the Intel 990x, which will run you about £750 ish.

And I call bullshit on Battlefield 3 needing SLI 580s. There's no way they would have such a poorly optimised game, or a game so much more graphically intense that they need twice the GPU power than other games at the minute. And I know that's not true, I've played the beta, and it looked good, really good, but not that much better than other games.

If maxing it out required £800 worth of graphics cards, then they're doing it wrong. Maybe, MAYBE they use dual 580's in the test rigs they have been using at the games expo's, but I can not believe that that's what it takes to max this game, you haven't even given a source. I think they even said a while ago that they couldn't harness the new power that modern PC hardware offers them.

Edit - I should note that's maxed out without any AA.

Daystar Clarion:

Catchy Slogan:

Daystar Clarion:

It's a cloud gaming service.

It basically means that the 'console' doesn't run the game, one of OnLive's servers will run the game at the best performance and you play the game on your end.

It pretty much relies on having a high speed internet connection, which let's face it, doesn't really exist in the UK.

Also, you don't own any of the games, despite paying for them.

Well. This sound rather unreliable. I'm already with Sky (which sucks in my area) and BT has a nasty habit of throttling your connection because it assumes your a thief if you download anything.

Tell me about it. I'll be lucky if I can get 3 meg from BT where I live.

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Hmm... that's strange, I'm on BT, and I've got it rather good.

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A couple of months ago though, it was 6 meg, and I was using this same connection. Maybe it's because of BT increasing the speeds of connections in my area.

I'm sure you will be getting the faster speed very soon as well, I hear they are rolling it out one region at a time.

I live in Hampshire if you are wondering.

Jazoni89:

Daystar Clarion:

Catchy Slogan:

Well. This sound rather unreliable. I'm already with Sky (which sucks in my area) and BT has a nasty habit of throttling your connection because it assumes your a thief if you download anything.

Tell me about it. I'll be lucky if I can get 3 meg from BT where I live.

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Hmm... that's strange, I'm on BT, and I've got it rather good.

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A couple of months ago though, it was 6 meg, and I was using this same connection. Maybe it's because of BT increasing the speeds of connections in my area.

I'm sure you will be getting the faster speed very soon as well.

I live in Hampshire if you are wondering.

I live just outside of freaking Nottingham city centre (literally a 10 minute bus ride when there's no traffic), so I don't understand why the speed is so terrible.

RagTagBand:

ryo02:
the games are £39.99? may aswell just buy them new and actually own the game.

Well the idea is that you can play games at super-high end PC quality without needing a £3000 PC, you only need a fast internet connection. I imagine that console fanboi's (not saying you are one) will over look this point entirely.

OT : I wish i could demo it but my internet is not fast enough.

Oh for fuck sake, a high end gaming console does not cost that much, I could get one that would run all the latest games for the next few years for about £400 if I wanted.

And not just play games on it too, I could shop, work, look-for-work-to-do-the-work, browse YouTube, look at pictures of cats in silly hats, browse forums (Alo 'scapist)* and many other weird and wonderful things. Pretty good value, huh?

Especially when you consider most people have both a PC and a console (or two) which sets them back quite a bit and then on top of that they have to spend more money on the games than PC users.

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Mine is actually not that bad xD Good enough to run OnLive

Daystar Clarion:

A couple of months ago though, it was 6 meg, and I was using this same connection. Maybe it's because of BT increasing the speeds of connections in my area.

I'm sure you will be getting the faster speed very soon as well, I hear they are rolling it out one region at a time.

I live in Hampshire if you are wondering.

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Also in Hampshire, damn you talk talk!

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Can't complain. I'm with virgin.

Still not getting this tripe though.

As someone said above, I like to OWN my games and my PC is high end and capable of running them on it's own thankyou very muchly.

With a few companies throttling speeds at certain times or when people steam/download over a certain amount I can't see people being happy with a system that relies on a steady speed.

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