Wednesday, 28 September 2011

OnLive Exceeds Their Own Expectations with UK Launch: Problems are being smoothed out

When OnLive planned to launch their cloud gaming service in the United Kingdom, they had hoped for a good response. Hoping was all they could do, as no one could know for sure how the official launch would actually go.

Within hours of OnLive launching in the UK, some users began noticing that there were issues connecting to the service. Many users had to wait because the servers were overloaded with gamers.

In a recent interview, OnLive VP of Games and Media, John Spinale said, “So far (demand has) been overwhelming. The intro promotion’s pretty strong.”

Those intro promotions are in fact very appealing. British Telecommunications customers all receive the OnLive PlayPack free for 3 months. This means that they have access to over 100 games free of charge. On top of this, because they are PlayPack members, they receive an additional 30% off discount toward any games or OnLive equipment, that they purchase outside of the PlayPack.

All UK gamers can also get their first game for only £1 (for a limited time). Games such as F.E.A.R. 3, Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine, Duke Nukem Forever, as well as many more AAA titles are included. Even if you have your doubts about OnLive, there is absolutely no reason not to purchase a game for only £1. 

These two promotions coupled with the fact that OnLive gave away thousands of OnLive Game Systems (valued at £69.99) at the Eurogamer Expo 2011, makes OnLive’s launch in the UK extremely attractive.

While there were some hiccups in the OnLive service in the UK, due to the fact that so many gamers signed up at once, most of these issues are being resolved, if they haven’t already.

“It’s a little unexpected demand which is a high-class problem to have,” said Spinale. “Similar to when the Wii launched, it’s inventory problems, but we’re pretty rapidly smoothing all of that out.”

Smoothing it out, they are. Just by searching for “OnLive” on Twitter, you can see that there are less and less problems occurring within the service, as time goes on. We are seeing tweets that say things such as:
“I had my doubts, but OnLive really does work.”
“OnLive is Witchcraft…. They make the impossible possible.”
“If you haven’t tried OnLive yet, you have to at least check it out!”
The United Kingdom has really taken a liking to OnLive, as the service plans on spreading throughout Europe and Asia next.

SOURCE: OnLiveFans.

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