cloud gaming

Will cloud-based gaming kill off gaming PCs? We ask Gaikai's David Perry

Owen Hill at

David Perry is a cloud-based gaming evangelist, as well as the man behind MDK, Earthworm Jim and Enter the Matrix. Sony are big fans of his; they just bought his cloud-based gaming service, Gaikai, for a $380 million.

Gaikai lets you stream games via your browser which are actually running on remote PCs elsewhere in the world. As long as your device can handle basic video, and your connection is good enough, you can play high-end games on extremely modest PCs, consoles, or even standalone TVs.

OnLive launches in the UK, pricing and games line-up revealed

Tom Senior at

[bcvideo id="1172726122001"]
The cloud gaming service OnLive launches in the UK today. OnLive deploys advanced techno-magic that lets you play games hosted on powerful remote servers. Footage of your actions can be streamed to your PC, TV or iPad.

You can sign up for free at and play 30 minute demos of many of the 150 launch games to test the service out. The starting lineup includes recent releases like Space Marine, Dirt 3 and Deus Ex: Human Revolution, with a big back catalogue that includes a range of titles, from Assassin's Creed 2 to World of Goo. Check out full list of available games on the OnLive site. See the co-founder and CEO of OnLive, Steve Perlman demoing the service in the video above.

OnLive to run modded games and support more indie games

Tom Senior at

The cloud gaming service OnLive is out in the UK this week. We had a chance to catch up with the co-founder and CEO of OnLive, Steve Perlman at an event earlier today. He revealed that the company is keen to bring the experimentation of the PC modding community to OnLive, and will be setting up servers for their first modded game in the coming months. He wouldn't reveal what the game was, but said that OnLive is planning to support the best PC gaming mods in future.

Get OnLive with Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Richard Cobbett at

One for the US only, unfortunately, but if you've been meaning to give game-streaming service OnLive a try, Deus Ex: Human Revolution could be just the kick-start you need. Buy a copy from a store (not, unfortunately, a digital download version) and you'll get a special code that also unlocks it for streaming over the wires. This means you can play it wherever you go, on any PC, Mac, or even a TV... as long as you have a hefty internet connection to get the bits to you fast enough to play it.

OnLive's general service costs $9.99 a month for unlimited access to games like the original Deus Ex, Borderlands, The Witcher and Just Cause 2, plus special offers on other games. To make sure your connection is up to the challenge of cloud computing your way to gaming bliss, download the system checker first. OnLive is currently scheduled to launch in the UK on September 22nd.

Update: Commenter dancingcrab mentions has been told by OnLive that this offer only works with retail copies purchased from Gamestop.

OnLive aims to bring PC gaming to HDTVs and tablets, will get a UK release in Autumn

Tom Senior at

The cloud gaming OnLive service will celebrate the release of the 100th game on the platform at E3 next Tuesday. Red Faction: Armageddon will join the growing list of games that can streamed directly from the OnLive servers. The $10 a month play-all-you-want bundle now consists of 60 games, including Homefront multiplayer, Just Cause 2 and Borderlands, and the service now has the backing of more than 40 publishers. All in all, it's been a pretty impressive first year for the world's first cloud gaming service, and OnLive is set to grow even further.