Originally Posted by lasersquad
Valve might be privately owned, but it doesn`t change the fact that they care about one thing - $. Admittedly they go about acquiring these in a very clever way trying to minimize damage or win over fans in certain ways, but the fact remains.
Some lofty ideals like "PC gaming" really do not come into play here. They`ve seen the success of OnLive and their little shop ain`t doing too badly either - meaning there`s enough people with broadband and credit cards to justify such move. Sod the rest
Onlive is a great app, I always use it at work when the boss is not around and to try out demo's at home.
It is the future, my machine at work is a pentium 4 dinosaur that can barely play solitaire
, but workplace has a fast open internet connection, so I can play Dirt 3 and the like perfectly, it's amazing.
I am not a tech head at all, only found about it few weeks ago from mate at work.He was playing Fifa 12 on his break, it looked amazing,looked like a PS3 game, on his ancient machine.
I was like how the hell can you play that?
That's a brand new game, you surely need a modern pc for that I said.
You have a playstation connected to it I said.
He told me it was streamed like youtube, metacafe etc and I couldn't believe it.
I like Onlive but I have felt that it needed a huge company like Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo etc to push it on to the next level, as in mainstream.
Maybe Valve are the company to do it?
To bring it mainstream with a proper cloud computing console.
They can't generate revenue like a huge powerhouse like Sony or Microsoft, but they do have a lot more financial power than Onlive it would seem.
Maybe they have some new tech/software that makes 1080p games stream perfectly on low connections like 2mb.
That's the biggest problem now, at work onlive is great but my eircom 8mb connection is hit and miss with it.