OnLive Gaming

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by RMXO, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 1, 2009
    Has anyone checked out

    I recently signed up for their Founding Members program

    Free for one year & $4.95/month afterwards

    Works for both PC & Mac.

    Here's a quote on renewals, suspend & cancelations:

    I read this awhile back when it was announced and was interested it then. Might be cool because I prefer to play games in OSX then compared having to boot into BC to play them.

    I like Steam but the games I like to play are windows only so far. Hopefully this changes things. I can always cancel when my free membership is up.
  2. macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2010
    Signup period ended

    You can no longer signup for the free offer. The cut-off was midnight last night.
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 1, 2009
  4. macrumors member

    Apr 19, 2010
    It works for me and they still advertise it on their website. Are you sure, or is this more of your propaganda :p

    Unless you're talking about the waitlist :(
  5. macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2010
    I don't speak propaganda. I speak the truth.

    If you look at the fine print on the signup page, where it says "No purchase necessary... ", it also says "Must sign-up between June 15, 2010 at 12:01 AM PDT and July 15, 2010 at 11:59 PM PDT"

    But, if the form is still allowing signups, then maybe they are still adding names to the list. I suppose if enough people are ineligible on the list, then they would have to keep accepting forms.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2008
    Isn't today only June 16th? Wouldn't he have like a whole 30 days left to sign up?
  7. macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2010
    Whoops, you're right. For some reason I read June twice. My mistake.
  8. macrumors regular

    Sep 8, 2007
    I tried out OnLive at E3. I tiny bit of lag, but not too bad. Maybe not the best for FPS twitch fests, but it can run on practically anything. I just hope it works as well with the crappy cable internet service most of us are forced to use.
  9. macrumors 65816


    Jan 10, 2006
    Until watching the video of an iPad running Borderlands on TouchArcade it never occured to me that you could actually play non-Mac games on Mac devices. :eek: I feel dumb now.

    Hope this gets available outside the USA soon.
  10. macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2006
    I'm looking forward to starting up this service! I signed up months ago and am supposed to be getting a year free along with a free game. The service is supposed to start rolling out today, just waiting for my e-mail to begin the service. I need something to take my mind off of waiting for my new iPhone :p

    I hope this service really works out, definitely looks like it very well could be the future of gaming.
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2002
    For me watching it on the iPad made me think ... WHY are the controls NOT at the bottom?!?!

    Hoping for this to actually release today so I can get myself exhausted staying up too late tonight!
  12. macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Darkplace Hospital
    I hope not! The lag and cost alone would be pretty astronomical. Gaming has been getting better over the years, Onlive is a step back.
  13. macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2007
    Although I can see your point of view, I disagree. The only reason I buy new computers these days is to be able to keep playing current games. If a 5+ year old system can suddenly handle the most demanding new titles the hardware savings will more than make up for a subscription fee. I think there is a market here, and if it works as advertised I think it will save me money.
  14. macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Just a side note: Lag of even a tenth of a second makes it completely unusable for fighting games. Competitive Smash Bros tournaments have to actually test HDTV's to make sure that the lag of the analog/digital conversion is only a couple of frames before using them, or the top players will complain.

    For a casual, story-based game, OnLive might work, but not for anything competitive. It's not something I'd like to see standard.
  15. macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Darkplace Hospital
    I use my computer for work too so I need that power, it's just nice when it also increases game performance. But yea, the subscription fee is $15 a month.

    $180 a year, that's just to be a member.

    My oldest (and fully capable I might add) gaming computer is 4 years old. So for the life of that system, just to play games, would be $720. That's inching towards the cost of the machine itself. Throw in games and yea. That's pricey just to play games that you don't own, that you cannot play once you stop paying that $180 pa subscription.
    Throughout that time you're never going to experience a game as it was intended. There will always be lag, even if you were a neighbour to their servers using a dedicated fibre optic adhoc connection.

    Hardware manufactures are trying to reduce lag as much they can. It isn't progression.
  16. macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2006
    In one of the presentations of the OnLive service they showed that the lag was supposedly even less than that of a local console. I'm not quite sure how that's possible, but that's what they were claiming. We won't really see until we've got access to the service.

    Like I said, they gave me a year free and a free game, as a mac owner who's gaming titles are very limited, I'm looking forward to trying out this service for free over the next year. The prices and quality of service are going to have to push the boundaries if OnLive is looking to break into the current competitive marketplace.

    Also, being able to play on almost any computer, or their microconsole wherever I am and pickup my game where I left off is another plus for me since I'm away from home a lot.

    We'll see, if it's successful it's going to have to be a step forward, not back. If it's a step back I don't see how it can end up being successful. Maybe the service isn't for everyone, I for one think there's a market for it.
  17. macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2006
    Here's a quote I found on the lag from here:

    Fascinating comments from OnLive this week, courtesy of CEO Steve Perlmen, including a very helpful definition of what latency is and how little of a factor it is with OnLive. ‘The round trip latency from pushing a button on a controller and it going up to the server and back down, and you seeing something change on screen should be less than 80 milliseconds,’ Perlmen told the BBC. ‘We usually see something between 35 and 40 milliseconds.’

    EDIT: Found this link comparing some different games which apparently all have a latency near 100ms, which makes the 35-40ms lag from onlive look super acceptable.
  18. macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2007
    i am stoked about this. I applied for the founding members program 2 days ago I think, but haven't had any contact if I'm allowed in or not. I think I'm on a waiting list of sorts.

    I think it goes live tonight at 9.
  19. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 23, 2006
    Central, Illinois
    Signed up for the free year, fingers are crossed.
  20. macrumors 68020

    Feb 22, 2006
    yeah i signed up when thhat deal went out still waiting on a email
  21. macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Darkplace Hospital
    Honestly, this stuff should be avoided like the plague-

    No matter how much you pump into the service, if you stop paying a the subscription after 1 year you lose everything you "purchased".
  22. macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2009
    They signed a big deal with BT in the UK not long back which got me interested.

    Essentially I agree with Rick Dagless MD, "renting" games is not where it's at, they might be able to get some people but even Valve have always said if they were going under they would take all the DRM off your games as they know people take ownership seriously (even if they are not fussed with lack of trade in).

    Digital distribution is still a way off being ready to take over physical media and the main problem is the idea someone can take away your collection.
  23. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2002
    THAT is the big concern I have as well ... it makes it like GameTap in that way - except that you have to pay for the stuff you lose when you leave!
  24. macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2009
    Near Philly
    I have to disagree. As long as ONLIVE makes this clear, then the consumer goes into it with both eyes open. I actually think the service is not a bad thing for people that dont have the computer to run all the latest stuff, and dont have the big bucks to fork out for a decent gaming machine.

    Fortunately I have a decent machine but the computer and I are moving out soon and this service might work for My Dad and Sister (who are both occasional gamers but not hardcore enough to get a gaming machine). It's something I am thinking about for them...
  25. macrumors 6502

    Jun 21, 2007
    Balham, London
    That's because no one disagrees with Dr Rick Dagless MD - best doctor in all of Romford.

    Ahem... I agree. I just can't see how it could be playable. Even RPGs nowadays need fast reaction times. Also, there is no way that I could go from full 1080p with no compression to 720p with a ridiculous amount of compression. There is no way it can look even half as good especially with fast motion on screen.

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