OnLive Becoming Netflix of Games

OnLive: The 'Netflix' of Video Games

As Netflix released what seems to be an unlimited access to streaming films through your entertainment systems, OnLive wants to stream an infinite ammount of games through your TVs and other entertainment devices. Currently, the only way to access the cloud gaming service is through their micro-console, a PC or a Mac. OnLive wants to spread their demographic to those purchasing new TVs and Blu-Ray players just as Netflix and Pandora music service has done within the last two years. According to Gamasutra, this is becoming a reality according to their interview with OnLive CEO Steve Perlman:

Today’s OnLive/VIZIO announcement marks a major milestone: for the first time in the history of video games, consumers will be able to enjoy premium video games directly on a TV, no console or computer needed.

How will this affect the future of the gaming market? According to what we have seen comparing to Netflix, OnLive won’t support new titles but will enable gamers to catch on year-old games that they never played for dirt cheap. For unlimited access to their streaming service for only $9.99 per month , OnLive, a service that appeared as the industries biggest joke when revealed last year, looks to possibly become the most popular streaming service for the video game industry.

With OnLive joining Vizio for development of their OnLive TVs, this will shake the entertainment industry in a way that Microsoft and Sony have not even begun to contemplate. The only question is: will OnLive get exclusive titles on their streaming service? It will most likely be up to the developer or publisher of thus exclusive titles just like what Bioware and EA did for Mass Effect 2 when they moved the Xbox 360′s most successful RPG over to the Playstation 3. What do you all think of OnLive’s development move into the Blu-Ray and TV market? Will this bring the number of casual sales down in the main console market or will it drive those gamers to eventually get these consoles?

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