OnLive Chatter

The buzz surrounding the OnLive cloud gaming service announced at GDC continues. GamesIndustry.biz quotes Dave Perry about Gaikai, his planned rival service, saying: "Our solution is arguably better than anything OnLive has - they're never going to be able to beat us on this." This is an excerpt from an interview with Perry on the topic. Meanwhile, TechRadar UK reports Guy de Beer, CEO of competing cloud gaming company Playcast, says he believes OnLive is positioning itself for acquisition by a giant like Microsoft or Google. Finally, GamesIndustry quotes Crytek's Cevat Yerli saying when they investigated such a concept in 2005 they found that internet infrastructure would make it practical sometime between 2013 and 2015.
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I doubt it because it is not in AT&T's FCC filing on its cap plans. Plus, the caps are too easy of a money grab not to stick with them. There simply isn't enough competition in the U.S. for most consumers to switch to a competitor without such caps. Bandwidth caps will kill these services without signficant revenue sharing, and there are simply too many players here (gaming service company, ISP's, and game publishers) for them to settle on a agreeable split and still have the service be financially viable and affordable.

No, the real expense for ISPs is the final internet connection. Bandwidth that stays within their network is much much cheaper. If they had an agreement with these guys it would entail a server that was on AT&Ts network meaning faster connections and no need for caps.

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