Onlive to launch in the UK September 22

The OnLive streaming PC game service has been live here in North America since June 2010, but in just over a month the service will be made available to gamers from across the pond. OnLive issued a press release today announcing that the service will be available in the UK from September 22. OnLive says there will be over 100 games available for the UK launch. The company will partner with local UK telecom BT for the launch. UK gamers can already sign up to gain access to OnLive when it launches at the OnLive web site.

The OnLive UK service will basically offer the same features as the US version, with gamers able to stream and play full PC games and have them play on most any PC or Mac with a broadband Internet connection. They can also play on a TV with the OnLive Microconsole. Users can either rent or purchase individual games or subscribe to the PlayBack service which has over 70 full games that can be played as much as the user wants for one monthly fee. UK gamers will also be able to play online and chat with their North American counterparts.

OnLive has already announced plans to offer the service in Belgium at some point and promises to have service in other European countries in the future. Here in the US, OnLive has already announced plans to integrate its service inside certain big screen televisions later this year. It also plans to add full support for iPhone, the iPad and Android devices. The company already has a free iPad apps that lets users view others playing OnLive games but the user cannot actually play OnLive games on the iPad yet.

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I'm so confused. I live in England and have been using Onlive for the past few months without any ip blockers or anything. How is this possible?

drazgoosh said,
I'm so confused. I live in England and have been using Onlive for the past few months without any ip blockers or anything. How is this possible?

The onlive box game console hasn't been officially launched in the UK yet. Only their online service

My internet connection isn't fast enough anyway. It's only about 1.5 Mb/s.

But personally, I don't think OnLive if going in the right direction with taking gaming into the cloud. I prefer what Microsoft is doing where they just store your saves and preferences in the cloud.

Meph said,
My internet connection isn't fast enough anyway. It's only about 1.5 Mb/s.

But personally, I don't think OnLive if going in the right direction with taking gaming into the cloud. I prefer what Microsoft is doing where they just store your saves and preferences in the cloud.


Microsoft does that? I know steam does (and iOS will make it possible for developers) but I didn't know Microsoft did, some recent update to game for windows or xbox?

For me, EA, and I guess steam in a way with their Steamworks that too few use, is going the right way, they let me go out and by myself a boxed copy of the game and add my key to their service, always having an online backup in case I would need.

Steam need to work on their prices though, unless you are buying on their big sales you're getting ripped of Lets see, what does Call of Duty Black Ops cost right now, 59.99€, think I'd rather buy it at random retailer or order online for 20€, you'd think the game was released a month ago when looking at steam...

Meph said,
My internet connection isn't fast enough anyway. It's only about 1.5 Mb/s.

But personally, I don't think OnLive if going in the right direction with taking gaming into the cloud. I prefer what Microsoft is doing where they just store your saves and preferences in the cloud.

fyi... save game storage is on the pc and ps3 too. certainly not limited to the 360.
I agree though that cloud gaming isn't for the now and limited to the future, if ever. Cloud storage for game saves on the other hand is useful but only as a backup means.