When is OnLive going to be a game-playing system on the iPad and Android devices? It's only a matter of time, right? The basics are available on Androids with iOS devices coming soon, but how long until we have the entire host of games and latest releases available to us?
If you guys aren't familiar with the service, OnLive is a game streaming subscription (and purchasing) platform that allows you to literally stream games over your broadband connect to play them. No downloads, no hard-drive space taken up, and all the system resources are handled via the remote servers so a Netbook can suddenly play something like Crysis. It's an extremely promising and quickly growing service. You can even spend about $100 on a TV adapter so that you don't need to sit in front of your PC. It effectively puts the industry's best and brightest games at your finger-tips without the cost of a console or gaming PC attached. For less than the cost of you MMO subscription, you can play a host of stellar titles, buy access to them permanently (or at a minimum of three years as some games might stop being supported after a length of time) for 30% off, and you still never have to worry about system specs or dowloads or any of that. All you need is a solid internet connection. It's something I'd recommend to anyone who likes to try a lot of games without te investment of paying $50-$60 each time.
So it was with great interest that I downloaded to try out the OnLive Desktop App this week. Basically a fully-functional Windows Desktop with some of the basic MS Office applications pre-installed, I was a little underwhelmed by what's currently available on the remote desktop itself. I mean, I have Pages already on my iPad, so for writing I'm not sure I'd need the OnLive Desktop. But then it hit me... they're streaming a Windows OS to people for free... to potentially millions of people for free. You don't need a paid subscription to use this, just an iPad/tablet and a free account. In time, OnLive will undoubtedly install more and more functionality onto the thin client they're using now.
Heck, it's only on the iPad now, but it's coming to Androids and even the PC, Macs, and TVs soon. With 2GB of free cloud space and a suite of Office apps, it's probably the most secure document management system you'll find for zero cost. If I didn't already have Pages, I might not have downloaded it. And what's more is that using OnLive Desktop I'll be able to access my documents from anywhere so long as I remember to use the Desktop to store them to the cloud.
This post was kind of rambling and inessential... I just wanted to share with you my thoughts on how quickly "the cloud" seems to be becoming a part of our lives. And it makes me wonder what the future holds for gaming in general. How long will it be before the rigs I enjoy building are no longer a necessity?