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Takahashi: Cloud success is “almost inevitable”

Friday, 24th April 2009 11:50 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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In an essay on why now’s an exciting time to be involved in the games industry, VentureBeat’s Dean Takahashi’s stuck his leg in the sand on Cloud gaming – he reckons it’s pretty much a done deal.

“OnLive doesn’t have to kill the console makers to succeed,” said the journo.

“It will become a wildly successful company if it can simply establish video games on demand as a viable channel. And even if OnLive itself doesn’t make it, it is almost inevitable that game cloud computing will thrive.”

OnLive “expects to launch a games on demand service in the fall that is very much like Xbox Live,” Takahashi added.

“You will be able to play high-end games on low-end computers. That’s unbelievable. Many people have reacted to this by saying it is impossible. But it is no more impossible than 2D-Boy creating The World of Goo and getting a bestseller out of it.”

OnLive was announced at GDC this year to general disbelief that the service can work.

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  1. G1GAHURTZ

    Woo hoo! Story of the day.

    You could have made this story much more interesting if you’d managed to get software pirates somewhere into it.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Robo_1

    “But it is no more impossible than 2D-Boy creating The World of Goo and getting a bestseller out of it”

    Ehh, I don’t see the correlation? Surely OnLive’s biggest challenge is that it has to pretty much break the laws of physics to get a lag free experience comparable to what we have now, whilst 2D Boy are an Indie developer who made a successful game.

    I don’t see the link.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Retroid

    Lag.

    The end.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Patrick Garratt

    Apparently OnLive uses some kind of variable compression thing on the video. The bit-rate drops if your connection slows down. I know people that played it at GDC and they said it really did work. Remains to be seen how it’ll cope with the “real world,” though, obviously.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Prof Power Glove

    I am looking forward to this ALMOST as much as the Gizmondo 2.0

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Psychotext

    …and I still don’t believe it’s going to work.

    At least not until I see how they intend to pay for the ludicrous amounts of high end server hardware / datacenter space / bandwidth that they’re going to need.

    Their subscription charges will be very interesting.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. No_PUDding

    Well I will be more than open to it WHEN it works.

    Gives many industry chnaging opportunities, that will affect us for the better.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. theevilaires

    G1GAHURTZ said: You could have made this story much more interesting if you’d managed to get software pirates somewhere into it.

    You Called :P …..

    Psychotext said: …and I still don’t believe it’s going to work.

    I agree

    No_PUDding said: Well I will be more than open to it WHEN it works.

    you don’t like having the real thing in your hands?
    I guess you also would prefer a virtual sex simulation instead of the real thing also…

    #8 5 years ago
  9. OrphanageExplosion

    The day I can make a Skype phone call without the fear that the line or sound quality will drop at any given moment is the day OnLive might become possible.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. No_PUDding

    TEA, I really don’t care about where it’s streaming from, as long as I am controlling it.

    Sex is a bit different, but you’ll learn eventually.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Psychotext

    Virtual sex… the day the human race truly starts its race to extinction. :D

    #11 5 years ago
  12. No_PUDding

    Man I was about to say something but then realised it was a sickening generalisation, almost racist. So I won’t say it, becuase I don’t mean it.

    Would be a great sex ed tool. “High I am Sandra, you can explore my pussy! Watch out, I have syphillis!”

    Ahh, technology! Looking for ways to rob children of their innoncence since… Well forever.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. hitnrun

    @ Retroid: If it even gets as far as lag. I think it ends when the Eye Ess Pees say El Oh El.

    #13 5 years ago