The OnLive game system and controller will be compatible with various platforms, including PC, Mac, iPad and Android tablets. Via a set-top box, users will also be able to play games on their HD T.V.s
Subscription to the service will be free and users can then rent and buy games from the official website, or opt to buy an OnLive Pack Bundle which will give unrestricted access to certain games. U.K. prices have yet to be confirmed, but it’s expected to be approximately £9.99 for a monthly pass.
Electronic Arts and Activision has yet to put their name to the service, but the likes of Ubisoft, Square Enix and THQ should ensure there’s a strong launch line-up of games, which will include Batman Arkham Asylum and Assassin’s Creed.
The OnLive service requires a broadband connection. Games are stored on the OnLive servers and streamed in real-time, so there’s no need to wait for lengthy downloads.
"OnLive will utterly transform gaming in the UK," said OnLive founder and CEO Steve Perlman. "No discs, big downloads or specialised hardware needed. OnLive gives you the latest games instantly, anytime, anywhere on HDTV, PC, Mac, as well as iPad, Android tablets. High-performance gaming as accessible as streaming video, with unique social features such as massive spectating with voice chat and Facebook integration."