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Sony grabs Gaikai for cloud gaming and entertainment

Sony grabs Gaikai for cloud gaming and entertainment

Sony has snapped up cloud gaming specialist Gaikai for $380m, the company has confirmed, with plans to roll out a new cloud service for PlayStation and home entertainment. "Sony Computer Entertainment will deliver a world-class cloud-streaming service" Andrew House, president and group CEO of SCE said of the deal, "that allows users to instantly enjoy a broad array of content ranging from immersive core games with rich graphics to casual content anytime, anywhere on a variety of internet-connected devices."

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Vizio Co-Star offers Google TV and OnLive for $99.99

Vizio Co-Star offers Google TV and OnLive for $99.99

Back at CES 2012, Vizio revealed that it wouldn’t just be pumping out affordable televisions but also Google TV set top boxes. One of the devices at the time held the uninspired VAP430 moniker, but the company has today announced that the box has officially launched, and is now called the Vizio Co-Star. The box uses the latest version of Google TV, features support for the full Chrome web browser as well as apps, and has brought OnLive along for the ride too.

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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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OnLive complies with Microsoft licensing terms for virtual desktops

OnLive complies with Microsoft licensing terms for virtual desktops

Last month, we talked about OnLive and its virtualized Windows 7 desktop on the iPad coming under fire by Microsoft for improper licensing. Other virtualization companies complained that the five dollar per month paid service offering Microsoft Office 2010 and Windows 7 on the iPad was a price impossible to meet when paying Microsoft licensing. Microsoft later confirmed that OnLive was licensing the software incorrectly.

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OnLive Desktop app hits Microsoft roadblock

OnLive Desktop app hits Microsoft roadblock

Cloud gaming service OnLive recently released a virtual Desktop app that worked as a Windows 7 client to stream Microsoft's desktop Office suite to users' iPads or Android tablets. The service seemed too good to be true and some questioned whether it was in violation of Microsoft's licensing terms. Well, question no more as the software giant has broached the subject today with an obvious disapproval.

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OnLive Desktop Plus gives iPad superspeed Flash

OnLive Desktop Plus gives iPad superspeed Flash

OnLive Desktop may have stumbled upon the best way to get Flash content on an iPad: host the CPU-hungry tech on a server as far away as possible from your tablet, and simply stream over the results. In an update to the OnLive Desktop remote access app, first released last month, OnLive Desktop Plus adds gigabit-speed accelerated browsing with full Adobe Flash support, delivering what the company says isn't just the fastest full-browsing experience when mobile, but the fastest experience on any platform.

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OnLive Desktop for iPad released

OnLive Desktop for iPad released

OnLive Desktop gone live in Apple's App Store, offering iPad owners instant access to a cloud-based Windows desktop complete with Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Announced earlier in the week, OnLive Desktop - which is a free download [iTunes link] and currently has no ongoing subscription charges for the basic package - allows documents to be viewed, created and edited, with the promise of more apps incoming soon.

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How Much Longer Will Consoles Be Around?

How Much Longer Will Consoles Be Around?

After Sony’s gaming leader Kaz Hirai said at the Consumer Electronics Show recently that his company would not be unveiling new hardware at the E3 Gaming Expo later this year, a slew of people took to the Web to wonder when it might finally offer up a new console. Some say it could happen next year, while others think it could be 2014. There are even some folks who say Sony won’t release its new console until 2015.

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CES 2012 Smart TV Round-Up

CES 2012 Smart TV Round-Up

If ultrabooks and smartphones led the charge for your credit card in mobile gadgetry at CES 2012 this week, Smart TV did the same for living room scale tech. Google TV made its new strike on the market, having rallied for a second scuffle after its embarrassing first-gen flop, while homegrown smart TV systems did their level best to compete. All that was wrapped up with oversized LCD and plasma panels or in slick set-top boxes, with the promise of a world of video-on-demand, cloud-gaming and more just waiting at the end of your broadband pipe. Confusing times, perhaps, but not if you head on through to the SlashGear Smart TV round-up!

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