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OnLive gaming service UK launch confirmed

Innovative 'cloud gaming' service coming Sept 22

A new platform for games will be launched in the UK on 22 September. Called OnLive, this innovative service streams video games to your TV from remote servers.

Games played through OnLive are effectively played remotely, with the service streaming back the video. In doing so, users can access games with hardware requirements higher than their own PC’s. 

You don’t need a PC to use the service, however, as a separate OnLive MicroConsole is also available, which plugs directly into a TV or monitor, negating the need for a PC entirely.

OnLive also works on Mac computers. The service needs a minimum 2Mbps broadband speed to work, but recommends 5Mpbs for it to work at its best. It’s also available on some HTC tablets and the company plans to make the system available via an iPad app.

One of the main benefits of OnLive is the ability to play high-performance computers, such as ultra-portable laptops that don’t have the power to run games.

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Download limits

As the OnLive service streams video content to the user, data usage can be rather high, which could pose a problem to those with monthly broadband usage limits. OnLive plans to partner with ISPs in the UK so that users can use the service without being penalised for using too much data when playing games.

Pricing has yet to be announced for the UK, but is likely to follow the subscription model of the US, where the system has been in operation since 2010.

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