Thursday, 28 July 2011

OnLive Console - My Head is in The Clouds

I've been a member of OnLive since late 2010. As much as I may like it, I simply can't stand playing games on the PC (with the exception of Rift). Due to this hatred, I must admit that I rarely used OnLive, except under those console-less situations I found myself in.

That was of course until I discovered the OnLive console. A few weeks ago the lovely folks over at OnLive sent a console my way for review, and I am pleased to announce that it truly is the future. The system is no larger than a smartphone, the controller is comfortable and lightweight, and the ease of which games are playable is astonishing.

I think it's safe to say that I prefer playing via OnLive over any of the "other" consoles out there.

When you open the OnLive console box you are greeted with the console - a small black box roughly 4 inches long by 3 inches wide - a controller, ethernet and hdmi cables, and both a rechargeable and battery-longing battery pack.

Set up is incredibly easy as well. Simply plug the ethernet cable into the OnLive system, plug the OnLive system into your tv, turn on the wireless controller, and it's game on. Games are purchased via the Marketplace, and roughly seven seconds after purchase are completely playable. No updates, no installation, no time to make yourself a sandwich before the Main Menu.

What truly amazes me is how comfortable the controller is. Both analog sticks are easily accessible and thumb-friendly. The triggers are in the perfect position, ultimately edging out any controller on the market. Being that the games are being streamed to your television, one may suspect there would be severe lag. News flash - there isn't. The only reason there may be lag would be due to your internet connection, and even in then it's a rarity.

So far I have played roughly two-dozen games, including Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, Homefront, Darksiders, Red Faction Armageddon, Borderlands, Tomb Raider Legend, Pure and Just Cause 2. In games with a multiplayer aspect (Homefront and Assassin's Creed Brotherhood mainly), the controls were as responsive as their console counterparts.

Due to the simplicity and ease through which one can play each game, OnLive is blurring the line between hardcore games and casual gaming. Without moving an inch I can switch from Red Faction to Homefront to Borderlands in a matter of seconds. No starting times, no loading issues, no time wasted switching discs and waiting for the latest unnoticeable update. Cloud gaming is the future of the industry, and OnLive is doing a tremendous job of leading the surge.

I am now a believer, and OnLive deserves such respect.

SOURCE: The Real Strength Gamer.


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