Last June, OnLive promised to bring its game streaming service to the UK by
September, and today it is keeping that promise.
Launched last night, the service is available to everyone in
today – though you will need at least a
2Mbps connection, with OnLive recommending at least 5Mbps.
BT has been
announced as a preferred partner with BT Total and BT Infinity customers
getting three months free PlayPack subscription (worth £20.97) – as long as
they sign up here, before 31 January, 2012.
BT customers will also get their first individual Full
PlayPass OnLive game purchase for £1 if bought before 11:59pm on 9 October,
2012, usually priced at between £1 and £39.99.
The service, for those who don’t know, allows gamers to play
high-profile titles with the hardware sitting in the cloud. The service is
available on most PCs and Macs as well as internet-connected TVs using a
MicroConsole TV Adapter to which you can connect most PC controllers or
OnLive’s own Wireless Controller.
OnLive also has an iPad app (and an Android one on the way)
but these will only let you view previews of games or send messages to friends
in the OnLive community.
However the HTC Flyer will be the first tablet which will
let you play the games on your mobile device, following HTC’s $40 million
investment in the cloud gaming platform.
OnLive has said that latency will not be an issue in the UK
but users will be concerned that extended play will eat up their monthly
data allowance, with one hours play with a 2Mbps stream using almost 1GB and at
the higher recommended rate of 5Mbps, you’ll be using around 2.25GB per hour.
BT Total/Infinity customers will not have to worry about
this until after 2 January, 2012 as the provider said OnLive user would not
count towards your usage total.
Will you be signing up for OnLive or will the latency/data
usage/internet connection concerns prevent you from getting on board?