OnLive at ShowStoppers

OnLive at ShowStoppers CES 2011

This was the first year that we attended ShowStoppers.  The last three years has found us at the Build-A-PC Race for Charity and we've enjoyed trying our had to raise money for charity rather than taking in the ShowStoppers event.  That being said, the PC Race was just around the corner and we managed to slip out and take in the event.

ShowStoppers is a place where 100 "innovative" companies can show off their wares.  While some may expect to see some pretty incredible things on the floor, I believe that when Skype is there showing off VOIP - that maybe it doesn't require a ton of innovation to exhibit at the event.

With all of that being said, the company that caught our eye was OnLive.  We've followed a bit of the rise of this company over the course of WeeklyTechUpdate and were interested to get some hands-on-the-hardware impressions.  Of course, actual gaming at the event is impossible due to the lack of bandwidth, but the hardware was all there to demo and play around with.

OnLive Gaming Box
OnLive "Console" (in the middle - smaller than the Droid)

 

No matter where you are in the USA, you're going to need a good internet connection in order to play.  Currently, their main server is located in California and they are looking hard at expanding to Chicago so they have a more centrally-located hub for game dispersal.  This is really an interesting concept that hasn't been (successfully) done before.

OnLive Controller
Main Controller
OnLive on Android
Android Browsing

 

If you want a reason to buy an Android Tablet, maybe the fact that you can browse their flash-heavy site and order games from your Tablet might make it a little easier of a pitch to your significant other.  The site sure scales and performs well on Android.

 

The beauty of all of this is that you can sign up for a free account at Onlive and see if the games and service will work well in your area.  You do get 30 minutes of playtime per title for free and this will let you know if the lag associated with streaming the graphics from the server will work for you and your situation.

We certainly are happy to see the company perform a successful product launch and wish them all the best (and a Canadian Sales Office) so that more people can enjoy and use this service.

Please check out our full CES 2011 coverage here.

Also, we have the full CES 2011 Day 1 Picture gallery posted over here.

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