If you think about it, buying holiday gifts has never been easier thanks to the multitude of online entertainment options out there now. If you've got a friend or family member with a computer, Internet connection, and/or a thing for Facebook, then these subscription gifts should be welcomed with open arms!
It was just last year that OnLive made its presence known to the gaming world, along with its plan to bring video games to the masses without having to buy a console. At this year's GDC Conference in San Francisco, OnLive announced that it will be going live on Jun. 17, while pre-registration for your account is open now.OnLive will allow you to play the latest games from 2K, Warner Bros., EA, and Ubisoft (anticipated titles include Mass Effect 2, Assassins Creed II, Metro 2033, and more) via your PC, Mac, or home theater with a MicroConsole. With a $15 monthly membership fee, games then stream over your Internet connection, and you get unlimited access to the games library without having to spend hundreds on a PS3 or Xbox 360. Of course, if you have a slow Internet connection (or worse — dial-up), you're pretty much out of luck since the connection speed required is 1.5mps (which is pretty darn slow to begin with). More available games will be announced during this year's E3 Conference, but tell me —
would you consider gaming with OnLive instead of on your traditional console?
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Right now, when you want the latest video game to hit the shelves, you run out and plop down $40 - $60 bucks to own it, or, you download a new title from your console's online store. But what if you could stream that hot new game right onto your TV? At this year's Game Developers Conference here in SF, a company called OnLive (which has been developing its plan to take over the gaming universe for seven years) has finally announced its vision: to stream new and current video games right over the Internet at the same time they are being released into stores.
OnLive allows you to stream any game you want (regardless of console) to your Mac, PC, or television, with a (likely) monthly subscription, a minimum 1.5 Mbps Internet connection, and a custom OnLive wireless controller. No more waiting in lines for midnight releases, heck, you won't even have to have a PS3 to play PS3 games — they stream directly to you.
To see which gaming companies are likely to get on board, and to see what OnLive will do to ensure seamless gameplay, just read more