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Old 21st January 2010, 13:32   #1
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Default OnLive Game Service Preview - Is this the future of PC gaming?

There are a couple of interesting limitations for the current beta release that I found. You HAVE to be hardwired to your internet connection; you cannot use WiFi in your home as the client detects that and disables logging in. Obviously the OnLive team is being very careful here trying to regulate the experience early users are going to have and they feel the added latency of a wireless network over a wired network might adversely affect users' opinions. Rumor has it that an upcoming update to the beta in Q1 will enable Wi-Fi support.

Also, for now at least, the beta is limited to a single resolution: 1280x720. While that resolution isn't what PC gamers are used to seeing, for games that are going to be played on a TV (the long term goal of OnLive) that is a reasonable setting. That being said, when starting OnLive on my 30" display the process of stretching the 720p image up to 2560x1600 definitely added noticeable noise to the image. You do have the option of playing OnLive in the 720p window which I did for a lot of the time (the ability to Alt-O to pause and check other applications is great).
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