OnLive CEO: Faster broadband leads to greater piracy

Thursday, 18th February 2010 21:30 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Steve Perlman, CEO of OnLive, told attendees during his session at DICE that faster broadband will lead to higher levels of piracy.

Citing the music and video industries, which have run-ins pirates, Perlman says that videogame makers should learn from such mistakes others made in the past.

“Stop just a minute – that was something that the music folks thought, that the video folks thought – the pirates are always one step ahead of that,” he told the crowd. “Music was the first ‘now’ media and are they the next music industry?”

Explaining how the terminology associated with these medias has changed, Perlman said that before, when people heard music, they asked what band it was or what CD it was. Now they just go on iTunes or look for a link online – same with movies and video.

“I don’t know anybody that watches live TV any more, it’s all time-shifted,” he said.

Guess we’re a bit old fashioned then and don’t live in the world of tomorrow like Perlman. We watch TV all the time that has not been “taped” to our DVR.

His biggest example of the shift in times, was sharing his belief that “physical media is in rapid decline” and “downloaded media is past its peak”.

Therefore, OnLive will be there for the shift as videogames are an altogether “different beast,” he said, right before he launched a tech demo of OnLive, which is now in Beta.

“The lowest-capability server we have right now is many more times the capability of an Xbox 360,” he said, adding that the servers would get upgraded every six months, keeping consumer from having to spend money on hardware updates.

This should help with those reported latency issues.





    Captain Obvious is obvious.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. KillerDD

    Well considering games continue to grow in size I’d say it doesn’t really matter…

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Syrok

    As long as the download speed is limited it doesn’t really matter either. Silly PSN :/

    #3 5 years ago
  4. blackdreamhunk

    well then you might as well be very afraid of goodle internet coming

    or any future internet service coming.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Spiral

    I got a free year Sky HD and Sky+ as one of their new customer offers. The HD I can take or leave, it’s an improvement but not enough to justify the extra cash, but I don’t think I could go back to having to watch shows when they’re on any more. The ability to record, pause and rewind has increased the amount of TV I watch threefold.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Joe_Gamer

    Oh On-Live, your struggling so hard to be relevant. I just wonder how long till that every six months becomes every nine and then every twelve. god damn bean counters will wear you down eventually all for the sake of the fucking shareholders. From a technical standpoint this business model is a pipe dream, there is no way you’re going to make those servers powerful enough yet cheap enough and buy enough bandwidth and ultra low latency network equipment that can handle thousands/millions of concurrent connections, and pay the contractors and consultants to setup and maintain everything and then have a subscription low enough that people will actually pay. Hell the latency problem is on the users end anyway. No supercomputer/server is gonna make my ISP’s equipment any better. This is going to end in disaster for some lucky investors, hehe fuck em anyway they’re already rich keep milking that wall street teat boys.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Joe_Gamer

    Hell every computer in my house “is many more times the capability of an Xbox 360″ that don’t mean shit. might as well say “my car is faster than a tricycle so that makes me a racecar driver, right?” EVERY server is more powerful than an Xbox, this guy is seriously full of shit.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Kalain

    WHy do people always cite piracy when trying to sell something away from a PC? MS and Sony done it, now a company who is leasing PC games on a small box is doing it.

    Haven’t people actually read the research on this subject at all? Piracy hasn’t had much of an impact on PC sales, just like it’s not had much of an impact on music sales, DvD sales. Companies haven’t moved forward quickly enough or had more foresight in seeing what was coming.

    The piracy thing is really starting to get old now…

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Grimrita

    Developers/publishers are the ones having an impact on PC sales, and of course shitty retail.

    The only thing preventing the digital era from taking off are ISPs who currently cap downloads to around 40GB a month – which is a lot but if they want to sell their games in the digital space and someone downloads 3 games in a month – bang, their allowance has been used up and the consumer gets hit with a small penalty.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Newbie101

    Why is there so much OnLive hate? I think its great what they are trying to do.

    I’m not saying it will work but good on them trying to shake things up a bit.

    #10 5 years ago

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