OnLive in talks with Sony and Microsoft on adding tech to PS3 and Xbox 360

The OnLive streaming cloud-based gaming service is in talks with both Sony and Microsoft about bring its technology to the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles. This revelation comes from an interview at Computer and Video Games with OnLive vice president of engineering Joe Bentley who states, "Absolutely, they would make great consoles. Our controller is a hybrid between a PS3 controller and an Xbox controller. It's all compatible, it would just work. There are OnLive guys chatting [Sony and MS], but we'll see where it goes. But it would absolutely work, we're ready to work with everybody."

The OnLive service, which celebrated its first anniversary here in the US earlier this month, lets PC and Mac gamers stream and play full games in just a few minutes. OnLive also sells a Microconsole and controller that allows TVs to access the OnLive service with a wired Ethernet connection required. The company plans to expand the streaming services to smartphones, tablets and via built in TV support later this year.

However a deal to allow the OnLive service to work on game consoles, similar to how those products support the Netflix streaming music service, would be a huge deal for OnLive. Bentley states, "What people are realising and waking up to is everything could be a console, why shouldn't you be able to take your game everywhere. I think the timing of this is perfect."

In a separate article, Bentley also claims that Valve, which runs the Steam PC game download service, " ... really like what we're doing. I can't go into specifics of any conversations we've had but we have had conversations with everybody in the industry. They really dig OnLive." He added that Valve's head man Gabe Newell is " ... really fascinated with our features and given us a lot of suggestions, they've got similar features coming out and we've chatted about really innovative ideas."

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I don't mind OnLive but they need to figure out a way to reduce the bandwidth requirements. They require a 5Mbit connection so I can't use it at all.

Update (during post): It only requires 3Mbit now. Still recommends 5Mbit.

shinji257 said,
I don't mind OnLive but they need to figure out a way to reduce the bandwidth requirements. They require a 5Mbit connection so I can't use it at all.

Update (during post): It only requires 3Mbit now. Still recommends 5Mbit.

And that wouldn't count my line of course...

If MS include onlive as part of the gold then sure why not. After all not everyone has hi speed. For those that has fios is an added feature

After all this time, I'm still not seeing OnLive gaining any traction any time soon, in a world dominated by slow internet and bandwidth caps.

I had very strong doubts when they were just starting to explain how it worked. It all went downhill when they confirmed they pretty much require a 5mbps connection. Imagine a household with an OnLive player fighting for bandwidth with a Netflix viewer in another room, while someone else is trying to watch a Youtube clip. Not to say anything about any P2P downloads going on elsewhere.

I do wish them luck though. I have a feeling it'll remain a niche market for a very, very long time.

_dandy_ said,
After all this time, I'm still not seeing OnLive gaining any traction any time soon, in a world dominated by slow internet and bandwidth caps.

I had very strong doubts when they were just starting to explain how it worked. It all went downhill when they confirmed they pretty much require a 5mbps connection. Imagine a household with an OnLive player fighting for bandwidth with a Netflix viewer in another room, while someone else is trying to watch a Youtube clip. Not to say anything about any P2P downloads going on elsewhere.

I do wish them luck though. I have a feeling it'll remain a niche market for a very, very long time.

It's a demanding service, that is for sure. Though, I can safely say that I have no trouble playing a game while my fiancée watches her movies on Netflix. This is on FiOS, though. That said, I think the service is awesome.

I get the point of OnLive for tablets and smart phones that simply lack the processing power and simply streaming video of me playing is better for everyone, but what's the point using on a pretty powerful machine built to do heavy graphics and physics calculations already set up?

I think that OnLive would be a good idea for a Microsoft acquisition...their '3 screens + cloud' ideology would fit nicely into Xbox Live...

onlive wants to take over the world... And they want the help of sony and microsoft to accomplish that. I doubt if anything good will come out of this talk since onlive will use every device that has lan/wifi and a display screen to compete.

The Stark said,
I can't wait to play my rented games as an ugly and laggy video stream! /s

Why complain about more features added to your service? You know they wont force you to use it right?