OnLive UK Launching on September 22

Back in June, cloud gaming service OnLive revealed that it would hit the United Kingdom in the autumn as part of a collaboration with BT. The company opened up Player Tag sign-ups during E3 for those wishing to reserve their username and register for an Onlive UK Founding Member account. Now we have a solid date for when you can make use of the username you so wisely reserved.

OnLive has said the service will launch in the UK market on September 22 at the opening of the 2011 Eurogamer Expo in London. Special promotions, including OnLive system giveaways and demo sessions, will be available for those attending the expo. OnLive in the UK will be fully integrated with OnLive’s North American service, including trans-Atlantic massive spectating and voice chat, as well as multiplayer gaming for games suited for long-distance multiplayer.

"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."

Following the UK launch, OnLive has plans to expand to other European countries as well additional continents.

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  • memadmax
    Well... at least they won't have to worry about someone smashing a window and looting the place =D
  • rantoc
    "OnLive will utterly transform gaming in the UK," said OnLive Founder and CEO Steve Perlman. "No discs, big downloads or specialised hardware needed."

    So what about lag/gfx quality from less than average quality 3d render thats then compressed reducing quality further? Lag is nothing you want in for instance fps and racing games. I bet onlive will do better in europe than us due to higher capacity internet but i doubt it will attract serious gamers as the service got nothing to offer them beside poor gfx and added latency (both controll and gfx lag) as well as the added risk of being disconnected. For the casual user how ever i bet this will be atleast one of the options.

    I laugh at the reviews citing in game latency when reviewing a service like this, its the latency the servers have in game - The servers then need to render the gfx, compress it, send it, the user sends a new comand set to the server and thats counted as zero extra latency accoring to some reviewers. Amazing how few seem to realise that!
  • Goldengoose
    So i take it these types of services are what everyones worried about regarding THE DOWNFAL OF THE DESKTOP!!!!1

    Like Rantoc mentioned, it will be brilliant for casual gamers who arn't really bothered about performance, but from experience the tiniest amount of lag can send a gamer into a mad fit of rage like no other! Will be interesting to see how this takes in the UK.