OnLive would “love” to have its service on next-gen Microsoft and Sony consoles

By Stephany Nunneley, Thursday, 8 December 2011 17:13 GMT

OnLive UK boss Bruce Grove has said the firm would “love” to talk to Microsoft and Sony about bring its tech to the next iteration of consoles, as it feels its services would work “nicely” on the systems.

Speaking with Eurogamer, Grove said if the firms want to include Onlive, it would be a “great discussion” because the firm has “already got the infrastructure.”

“We know how to do it,” he said. “There are a lot of things we could bring to the table and they could bring to the table. It would certainly be a discussion we would love to have. It would be very interesting.

“For us, it broadens our market. Look at in the same way the Xbox is becoming a media hub. It’s becoming more than just a game system. It’s just announced with the BBC. In the US it’s announced with U-verse for AT&T. They’re saying, how do we become more than just this? And this [OnLive] is a service that could quite easily work through their service and would work quite nicely, to be honest.

“We’ve built this technology to fit the growing broadband trend. They’ve also got to satisfy their userbase that isn’t necessarily just going to leap on that. They’ve got a legacy to support as well as dive forward. We had no legacy to support, which means our userbase by nature is only going to be a connected userbase. So we get to move forward. That unshackles us in a way they can’t be.

“Hybrid is got to be the way they’re thinking about this. But knowing the technology works, seeing it works, they’ve also got to be thinking, this is going to be the future in some form. Just in the way with Xbox Live and multiplayer, they build them in, but not everyone takes advantage of them. It just becomes another feature that is part of the general gaming quiver.”

While Grove wouldn’t confirm if OnLive has had discussions with either Microsoft of Sony yet, he did say it’s had “conversations with many people,” and the firm had its service up and running on PS3 before Sony removed Linux support.

“It was really easy for us to get a client installed and running on it,” he said. “We never released it, but it was kicking around in our building at the time just so we could prove to ourselves we could do this and make this kind of thing happen.”

OnLive released an app for Andorid and iOS yesterday.

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