OnLive announces CloudLift, can link with Steam to let subscribers play select games

Phil Savage at

When it comes to new technology, it helps if you can imagine a scenario in which it would be useful. That, I think, was the problem many faced with the old OnLive service. Streaming games from 'The Cloud' sounds cool, but in practice, was a poor choice when compared to a regular home installation. If you could do both, though, then you might have a system with some serious potential.

As of today, OnLive has announced that you can do both. Sort of. They've launched CloudLift, a service that lets you link your account directly to Steam. It means that, as long as a particular game is available through OnLive, you can buy it on Steam, play it on Steam, and both the game and its Cloud Save will automatically be available on OnLive too. The thinking is that, by purchasing a single copy of the game through Steam, you can still use OnLive as a 'companion app', accessing it through the streaming service when you're away, but returning to your regular installation at home.

OnLive's demise was "greatly exaggerated," says company chairman

Omri Petitte at

Cloud gaming service OnLive was rumored to have laid off the entirety of its staff last August, leading to speculation of the company closing up shop for good after reports surfaced of an alleged bankruptcy filing. Now, OnLive chairman Gary Lauder writes a blog post to clear up confusions over the company's future, calling upon Mark Twain's "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated."

OnLive layoffs rumored, official comment states "the OnLive service is not shutting down"

Tyler Wilde at

According to game developer Brian Fargo, an employee of cloud gaming service OnLive e-mailed him this morning with news that "by the end of the day today, OnLive as an entity will no longer exist," and that its staff has been laid off. In response, OnLive Director of Corporate Communications Brian Jaquet told PC Gamer, "I have no comment on the news other than to say the OnLive service is not shutting down."

OnLive indie showcase lets you try 16 IGF nominees for free

Tom Senior at

You can play free trials of 16 IGF-nominated games right now using cloud-streaming service, OnLive. For the next two weeks you can log in and play 30 minute demos of games like Dear Esther, Dustforce, Frozen Synapse, Space Chem and, as Tom mentioned earlier, the excellent FTL. When GDC kicks off next week all OnLive games formerly nominated for IGF awards will be discounted by 75%

There's a list of links to the OnLive demo page for each IGF nominee below. You'll need to sign up for a free OnLive account first to get access.

OnLive review

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(This hands-on review first appeared in PC Gamer issue 234)

The post PC-era is upon us. Sometime soon, you won’t need to actually own any computing hardware: instead, a single browser window that opens from your tablet into the cloud will offer on-demand processing power beyond the dreams of Intel’s Core series or AMD’s Bulldozer. Everything from phone calls to videogames will be virtualised. You will want for naught. Or at least, that’s the theory.

Thanks to the UK launch of OnLive, the world’s first streaming games service, we’ve finally got a better idea of whether that future is imminent or still jetpack-commuting-distant.

Batman: Arkham City demo available now through OnLive

Tom Senior at

Batman: Arkham City is out today in the US, but Europeans will have to wait until Friday to save Gotham. Wherever you live, you can play a free demo of Batman: Arkham City right now through the cloud gaming service, OnLive.

Once you've signed up for a free account and downloaded the client simply search for Arkham City in the games list and launch the free trial. It's limited to 30 minutes, but that'll give you chance to take control of Catwoman and thrash some burly men with Arkham City's super slick combat system. Hold down the crouch button while moving for some comedy cat-crawling.

Fret not, Zinio subscribers to PC Gamer UK. You're getting a hat too. And everyone's getting an Onlive trial

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I'm in full on Oprah mode.


Cue music, dancing and the wild celebrations. And possibly ticker tape.

If you subscribe to PC Gamer UK via Zinio, you'll be getting the exactly the same gifts that the print subscribers and news-stand subscribers are getting with issue 232. That means you'll be getting our PCG reader only TF2 hat, the "Killer Exclusive" and a free trial to the game streaming service Onlive. We'll be sending out the codes for both to the email account you registered your Zinio subscription to. Many Bothans suffered a slight inconvenience to get you this. So we made a press release. It's below.

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

Tom Senior at

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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 release date and launch details announced

Owen Hill at

OnLive - the cloud gaming service that could potentially change the way you purchase and play PC games - will launch on September 22.

You won't need powerful hardware to play system intensive games once OnLive hits. The relevant info is all streamed from "2013 spec data servers" directly to your screen. All you'll need to do is sign up at the official website to confirm early access, and download a small file.

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.

Play Amnesia: The Dark Descent for free with OnLive

Lucas Sullivan at

OnLive—the subscription service that lets you play a host of games on the cheap, regardless of your hardware—wants to scare their supporters, in the best way possible. They're giving away free copies of Frictional Games' indie-horror gem Amnesia: The Dark Descent, from now until 9pm PST tonight. All you have to do to snag one of the scariest games of all time is register at this link, download the free demo, then enter the promo code "THANKYOU" when it expires.

PC Gamer US Podcast 243 - Gametosterone

PC Gamer at

That sound you heard was December 7 being circled on 12 million calendars at once. The PC Gamer crew, joined by Chris Perry of, ponders the release date of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.

Then we reconsider OnLive as a non-subscription service, and take a better informed look at the TF2 Polycount update. Chris jumps into Left 4 Dead's new DLC, Evan recounts his Medal of Honor beta experience, and our jaws hit the floor when we hear how much 3D Realms spent not making Duke Nukem Forever.

Click here to download and enjoy!

Onlive nukes its paid subscription plans

Chris Comiskey at

Before today, OnLive—a cloud-based game-streaming service—required a monthly subscription fee before you could even think about buying any games.  Steve Perlman, OnLive's CEO, has actively sought ways to avoid a paid monthly plan, including waiving this year's annual subscription dues for early adopters.  But now, Perlman's confirmed it: the service itself is free-to-access from now until eternity, so you can explore and prod all its features—such as spectating live gameplay footage or trying out new demos—without forking over personal credit card info (much like Steam and other digital distribution platforms).

OnLive: "use us as a demo service"

Jaz McDougall at

OnLive is backing away from the glorious-future-of-all-games mantle - now the CEO, Steve Perlman, is encouraging "hardcore gamers" to use the service to demo games before purchasing them elsewhere.

OnLive is out, and it works - for some

Tom Francis at

The futuristic game streaming service OnLive is now a reality, so a massive question is about to be answered: does it work? OnLive claims to let you play any game on its service, however demanding, on your lowly laptop - even a Mac. The games run on servers their end, and the audio and video data is just streamed to you over the net.

Our US team have only just got back from E3, and OnLive isn't available here in the UK, but our indie developer friends Wolfire have been using the service. Jeff's put together a great analysis of how practical the service really is, and the most surprising part is that - for him at least - it works. Low latency, hi-fidelity gaming on a MacBook Pro, via Comcast's cheapest possible broadband package. Check out a video of him playing UT3 through the service, below the fold:

OnLive launches in North America

Jaz McDougall at

OnLive, the streaming game service, has just launched in the US. To promote it, they're offering a first-come first-served Founding Members Program that'll net you a year of free OnLive for signing up. Or will it?