Tag - OnLive
The Weekly Game Replay is no more, because there will be more posts than just once a week, due to popular demand. Rebranded the Game Replay and published every Sunday and Wednesday, the staff of MacNN and Electronista provide a look at the wider gaming landscape. Today's list of noteworthy gaming items include the launch of Grand Theft Auto on PC, the return of Guitar Hero, and one gamer's attempt to recreate the ill-fated OnLive using Amazon Web Services.
OnLive, an online game streaming service, is closing down at the end of this month, after selling its patent collection to Sony. The haul of 140 US and international patents will be picked up to help Sony improve its own rival PlayStation Now streaming service, with the shutdown of OnLive servers on April 30 effectively ending the troubled streaming company's existence.
Troubled cloud computing company OnLive has announced CloudLift Enterprise, a new cloud-based Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). The OnLive CloudLift Enterprise service offers businesses the ability to stream latency-sensitive graphics-intensive applications -- such as high-definition interactive demos, simulations and 3D programs -- from the cloud to virtually any device with little, if any, lag.
Streaming gaming service OnLive is attempting a relaunch by announcing two new services, following its meltdown in 2012. Retaining the same Playpack subscription option and going through a graphical overhaul, OnLive is taking the opportunity to add to its existing streaming offerings, with CloudLift streaming games already owned by the user, and a second service meant for developers called OnLive Go.
The assets of cloud gaming service OnLive were sold for under $5 million, following the public collapse and mass lay-off this summer. The Mercury News obtained a letter from the company managing the insolvency showing the offer of $4.8 million from venture capitalist Gary Lauder just days before liquidation was set to take place.
In the wake of the dramatic collapse and restructuring of OnLive, Microsoft may be looking to bring some of the game streaming service's former employees under its wing. The company is said to be one among many that are interested in picking up some of OnLive's former personnel, and Microsoft is going so far as to host a mixer targeted at OnLive alumni. The invitation for the mixer makes sure to point out that Microsoft's hiring managers will be on hand and ready mingle with attendees.
Defunct game streaming service OnLive was apparently in greater financial trouble than anyone had previously guessed by the time it went insolvent last week. An executive at the firm that handled OnLive's insolvency process tells SiliconValley.com that the streaming service was between $30 and $40 million in debt to assorted creditors, with little hope of meeting those obligations any time soon. The company apparently had only days to live before its insolvency, and is said to have averted an even more disastrous shutdown by taking the path that it did.
HTC is one of a number of OnLive debtors caught up in its Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors (ABC) restructure. PC World reports that the embattled Taiwanese handset manufacturer has informed the Taiwan Stock Exchange of a $40 million loss incurred following the dramatic events that unfolded over the past week at the online streaming games service. Although the restructure has been architected in a way designed to give initial investors some return on their investment, HTC appears to be taking a pessimistic view on the matter.
Game streaming service OnLive may be on the verge of shutting its doors, according to reports. Earlier today, the company called an all-hands meeting and fired the entire staff in the process, according to Mashable. Director of corporate communications Brian Jaquet has refused to comment on the news, except to say that OnLive is not shutting down.
Vizio has fired its latest volley in the battle for people's lounge rooms with the launch of its Co-Star Google TV set-top box. The device is now up for pre-order on the Vizio website for $100. In addition to Google TV, it also offers users the ability to install apps like OnLive, bringing console level gaming to users with high-bandwidth Internet connections.