Just last week, a new competitor to Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo announced themselves to the world. Onlive, launched it’s website with a promise to transform the video game marketplace. Instead of using the tradition console to support video games, they will tap into the internet cloud, using their servers to host a virtual console that will then shoot the games to millions of PC’s worldwide via internet broadband connections. Here are three reason why I think Onlive may actually be able, not only to compete with, but possibly dominate the traditional console units like the PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360:
#1 Onlive Is Hip
When it comes to video games, the gaming community seems to always embrace innovation and technological advances. In this case, eliminating the actual console all together is a major innovation likely to gather a ton of support from gamers, developers, and the internet community alike.
#2 Cheaper Prices
Because there will be no need to purchase hardware like there is with the PlayStation 3 console and Xbox 360, which each cost in the $300 to $400 range, the Onlive system should be much cheaper. Video gamers already pay monthly fees for Sony’s and Microsofts online feature, so a subscription to Onlive will be a drop in the bucket if they don’t need to dish out hundreds of dollars to purchase an actual piece of console hardware.
#3 It’s Green
Not really, the company’s colors are Black and Orange, however, the product itself will be environmentally friendly. There will be no need for large production factories, plastic manufacturing for console hardware, or even DVDs/Bluray disks for games. In a time when everyone is pushing for cleaner greener production methods, an internet cloud based console could not come at a better time.
As long as Onlive can keep to their promises of speed, I truly believe they may have just killed off the traditional console.