OnLive is a service that allows you to stream high-end PC desktop games to an internet-connected display, such as a tablet or a smartphone. All of the intensive processing happens on OnLive’s servers – you just view and control the action from your local device.
OnLive is funded by a subscription model whereby you pay a flat monthly fee for access to hundreds of games. It’s kind of like the Spotify of gaming, in that sense.
Purchase a Galaxy Note 4 and you’ll get three months free access to that subscription service through the PlayPack bundle.
All you’ll need is a decent, stable internet connection, a game controller (OnLive sells one if you need), and the free OnLive app from the Google Play Store or Samsung Galaxy Apps store.
You’d expect modern high definition games to look great on the Galaxy Note 4’s 5.7-inch QHD AMOLED display, although it’s worth remembering that OnLive only provides its video streams at 720p, so it might not look super-sharp.
All in all, though, this could be just the lift that both companies need right now. Samsung’s meteoric rise seems to have stalled recently when it comes to smartphone sales – its biggest source of income.
Meanwhile OnLive is struggling against opposition from big traditional consoles like the Xbox One and PS4 – the latter of which acquired and assimilated OnLive’s biggest direct competitor in the game-streaming market, Gaikai, two years ago.
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