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OnLive Opens Up for Beta Testers

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 18 comments

Playing Crysis on your netbook through OnLive? Dare to dream.

Earlier this year we learned of a stunning technology from OnLive that would stream a game over the Internet for play on your PC or Mac. The striking part is that nearly all the grunt work in the CPU and GPU processing would be done remotely on OnLive's servers, with the video and sound then to be streamed to the player.

Such a streaming gaming technology would make hardware-demanding games such as Crysis play on even a mainstream laptop computer, provided it had a good broadband connection.

Now six months since announcement, OnLive is ready for beta testers.

"I'm very excited to say that we are now opening the OnLive Beta to outside gamers who signed up on our website. It's not too late to sign up if you haven’t already," said OnLive founder and CEO Steve Perlman. "We are very much looking forward to hearing from gamers all about their experience with the OnLive Service."

"It’s been a very busy and productive few months for OnLive," Perlman adds. "We’ve been focused on evolving the OnLive technology, installing lots of servers in our data centers and tuning the OnLive Game Service based on feedback from our internal Beta testers."

Click here to sign up for the beta. Good luck!

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    Anonymous , September 3, 2009 9:43 PM
    I'd be amazed if this actually works
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    bustapr , September 3, 2009 10:17 PM
    already signed up and waiting:) 
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    maigo , September 3, 2009 10:24 PM
    free is good, after its over, you could maybe ebay the hardware :D 
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    socrates047 , September 3, 2009 10:31 PM
    booooo no testing for Canada
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    Major7up , September 3, 2009 10:34 PM
    What kind of games will they be offering?
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    gam3r4321 , September 3, 2009 10:46 PM
    did anybody receive an email for signing up to test? neither my friends or i have.
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    tubers , September 4, 2009 12:17 AM
    will this mean no more exciting GPU/CPU for playing game? :(  oh well.. maybe then id invest for a faster internet connection if this would really work as promised..
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    griffed88 , September 4, 2009 12:32 AM
    If this works ill def be excited. but it only streams at a fairly low resolution by pc gamers standards. I believe its just 1024x768 or somethin like that, maybe 720p. That might deter some gamers. Ill def test it out tho
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    christop , September 4, 2009 12:42 AM
    Seems like fun I will give it a Try..
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    r0x0r , September 4, 2009 1:57 AM
    Wonder how well this will go on anything less than a 100Mb connection...
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    razor512 , September 4, 2009 3:45 AM
    1 word

    lag

    if your ping is 80ms then you will have a 80ms delay in everything you do in the game, and there is no solution to that unless they can make a server that can see a couple ms into the future
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    toxxel , September 4, 2009 4:42 AM
    gam3r4321did anybody receive an email for signing up to test? neither my friends or i have.


    I got my confirmation nearly instantly after my registration.
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    amnotanoobie , September 4, 2009 11:18 AM
    Razor5121 wordlagif your ping is 80ms then you will have a 80ms delay in everything you do in the game, and there is no solution to that unless they can make a server that can see a couple ms into the future

    Or maybe create a server in every country, but then you get it down to probably 40ms or 10ms which is still quite a bit.
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    Andraxxus , September 4, 2009 12:25 PM
    Hopefully this will evolve and in the future we will avoid another:
    But will it play Crysis?
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    razor512 , September 4, 2009 4:26 PM
    amnotanoobieOr maybe create a server in every country, but then you get it down to probably 40ms or 10ms which is still quite a bit.



    but even if a server is in the same city, foe example, google.com has a server in my city, I could drive there if I wanted to

    and my ping in around 40-50ms to their server

    a FPS game requires no lag. even having a power saving mouse can cause you to loose a game because of the slight delay it takes to kick from power saving to working

    many gamers will go for mice with a 3000 dip resolution because they want faster movements because the delay from trying to move a normal mouse is too long.

    trying to market a system that introduces a ping delay to everything is not the way to go.

    their system is more suited for RTS games and other kinds or games that are not time critical like first person shooters

    remember when you get lag, the AI doesn't have any lag

    they may do some fps games but after the beta they will drop FPS games and stick with slower paced RTS and RPG games
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    grieve , September 4, 2009 6:30 PM
    I just went to sign up for Beta....

    "You need to be at least 18, based in the US and have a broadband-connected PC running Windows Vista®/XP®, or an Intel®-based Mac."

    I am Canadian and use Win7 :(  no trials for me.
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    razor512 , September 4, 2009 8:30 PM
    grieveI just went to sign up for Beta...."You need to be at least 18, based in the US and have a broadband-connected PC running Windows Vista®/XP®, or an Intel®-based Mac."I am Canadian and use Win7 no trials for me.


    windows 7 uses the same kernel and 99% of other code as windows vista, so you can basically call windows 7 vista, they both have the same support, if it works on vista then it will work on windows 7,

    and if needed if your close to the US, you can get a po box in the US and use that to get the beta product :)  then just drive to the PO box
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    bustapr , September 4, 2009 11:49 PM
    AndraxxusHopefully this will evolve and in the future we will avoid another:But will it play Crysis?

    andboomerI'd be amazed if this actually works

    OMG!!!! It ca actually play crysis!!!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Lqkz5UJHbY&feature=PlayList&p=6884FB25A058B865&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=19