Cloud Gaming

So who’ll buy OnLive now?

So who’ll buy OnLive now?

Sony's acquisition of Gaikai today closes off one long-standing rumor of a cloud gaming investment, but opens up another: which rival can't afford to leave OnLive on the shelf? Whispers that Sony was eyeing a cloud specialist culminated back in May with OnLive and Gaikai presumed the most likely candidates for powering the company's long-standing "Four Screen" strategy, something Sony described as its retort to Apple's iOS, iTunes and iCloud ecosystem. That leaves OnLive potentially up for grabs, and a number of potential suitors.

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Samsung Smart TVs to get Gaikai cloud gaming

Samsung Smart TVs to get Gaikai cloud gaming

Samsung has plans to enter the gaming business, starting off by partnering with cloud gaming service Gaikai. The South Korean manufacturer will be introducing a Samsung Cloud Gaming (SCG) platform on its new 7000 series and up Smart TVs. The service will be powered by Gaikai, but the UI and game selection is customized by Samsung.

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Sony PlayStation 4 tipped for 2013

Sony PlayStation 4 tipped for 2013

With games such as Doom 3: BFG Edition still making waves in the industry of what some would call a fading wave for console gaming, Sony's PlayStation 4's release in 2013 is sure to be a hit. That's what "sources close to the matter" speaking with the Wall Street Jounral are saying in hopes that the news this week that an ultra-slick disk-less cloud-based PlayStation was being released was bashed by early critics. This situation reflects essentially what happened when the PSP Go was released, failure that it was with downloadable content only, ditching physical game units altogether.

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Sony mulling cloud gaming purchase

Sony mulling cloud gaming purchase

Here’s an interesting little rumor: Sony is reportedly looking into streaming game services, and more specifically aiming to acquire either Gaikai or OnLive. Information has pointed towards Sony purchasing a cloud gaming company and announcing the buy at its E3 conference this coming Monday. Sources have told MCV that Sony is poised to sign an agreement with “a high profile cloud gaming firm.”

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GameStop removes OnLive coupons from Deus Ex

GameStop removes OnLive coupons from Deus Ex

GameStop has ordered its employees to open up new boxes of the Deus Ex: Human Revolution game title to remove the included OnLive coupon. The offer gives customers, who purchase the regular PC version of the game, a free OnLive version, encouraging them to try the OnLive cloud gaming platform. This didn't sit well with GameStop, as cloud gaming is certainly competition for video gaming dollars.

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OnLive Cloud Gaming Offers Free Console With Game Pre-Order

OnLive Cloud Gaming Offers Free Console With Game Pre-Order

OnLive is trying a new tactic that could prove to be pretty smart. The company is offering a deal right now where if you pre-order THQ’s Homefront game from February 25th to March 14th you’ll get a free version of its OnLive gaming system. The system normally retails for $99, but by giving it away free they may be able to get the system into a lot more hands than otherwise.

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Portal 2 for PS3 to Come with Free Mac and PC Version

Portal 2 for PS3 to Come with Free Mac and PC Version

We're not sure about the Xbox 360 version yet, and it doesn't appear that the PC version will come with any extra functionality to it, but the Playstation 3 version of one of the most cult-classic-great games we've ever played will be coming with both Mac and PC versions attached. This PS3 version of the game comes with full Steam integration which will allow you to continue the game wherever you left of no matter which platform you decide to bring your Portal 2 Blu-Ray disk to.

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OnLive’s Playback Beta Open to All Users Free of Charge Until January 31st

OnLive’s Playback Beta Open to All Users Free of Charge Until January 31st

OnLive's flat $10-per-month gaming package, Playback, was launched at the end of December, and was supposed to herald the official launch on January 15th. Unfortunately for the company, it doesn't look like that date is going to be met. However, due to the set-back, the company has rewarded its users the usage of Playback through the rest of January, completely free-of-charge.

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