27 Jul 2012

The cloud gaming platform OnLive will be coming to the Kickstarter-Funded console Ouya in 2013 when Ouya debuts, according to both companies.  In a post on the OnLive official blog today, OnLive general manager Bruce Grove stated that OnLive would be available on Ouya when the console hits the market in March of 2013.

We have previously covered OnLive and their features.  The merging of the two platforms seems does seem like a good fit.  In fact Grove elaborated on this the Ouya blog:

"OUYA is rethinking the console business, making waves by using standard technology to make gaming for your living room accessible, affordable and more innovative than ever, in OnLive's case, we pioneered a groundbreaking, cloud-based system that instantly delivers games to any device on demand."

For Ouya this has many implications and Grove outlined the benefits of such a merger:

  • OnLive will deliver a full console-class experience, bringing hundreds of top-tier games from more than 80 publishers to the OUYA console for play on demand.
  • OUYA owners will be able to jump in and play any of these games both at home on their OUYA console, and on the go on PCs, Macs, tablets and phones, never leaving a game behind.
  • Instant demos will be available for nearly every game in our ever-growing library-from eagerly anticipated indie titles like Ravaged, to hot blockbusters like the upcoming Darksiders II. Players can experience up to 30 minutes of each game for free before deciding what to buy. If they like it, they can continue playing where the demo left off.

Ouya then decided to give everyone a preview at their new controller, though they warn that the design is still a work in progress and can change over time.

Ouya still has a ways to go to overcome the many skeptics, often who tout this new system as being like having an Android device in a box and not a full-fledged gaming experience.  Creators of the console state it is capable of having a console experience and the backing of bigger game developers, or so they hope.

This addition of OnLive will certainly make the Ouya console more appealing.  OnLive is a system that doesn't need a ton of hardware to perform well.  It utilizes a video stream and centralized hardware on the OnLive side to deliver a gaming experience to your device (of your choosing).  Often the simplest hardware can run an OnLive game well, as long as your download/upload pipe is sufficient to support their games, which they mention in their requirements.  OnLive has their own mini-console dedicated to OnLive games, but adding the ability to do OnLive on the Ouya console makes the Ouya console a more interesting device.

Source:  blog.onlive.com, kickstarter.com

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