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OnLive is back with CloudLift, a new streaming service that ties into your Steam library

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OnLive is back with CloudLift, a new streaming service that ties into your Steam library

OnLive is back. The company was sold in 2012, with its new owners trying to pivot the company with a new strategy. OnLive is being "respawned" with a new service called CloudLift.

Like Remote Play on PS4, CloudLift enables gamers to download and play their games locally on capable systems, while "enjoying the benefits of OnLive's portability when they are not." That means PC gamers can start a game on their rig, continue playing on a mobile device, stream their game at a friend's house, and then finish it back at home. The service will tie into Steam, with games from your existing library transferring over to CloudLift.

Read more: But it's not free »

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OnLive sold for only $4.8 million

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OnLive sold for only $4.8 million

The struggling games streaming company OnLive sold its assets in August. Although users have been unaffected by the transfer, many have been wondering what OnLive is worth now. It's not pretty. The company once valuated at $1.8 billion (with a "B") sold for only $4.8 million (with an "M").

Read more: Company was $18.7 million in debt »

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Report: OnLive's former CEO pulled the plug on game deals

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Report: OnLive's former CEO pulled the plug on game deals

Why did OnLive implode over a week ago? It simply wasn't making any money. Although the service had attracted millions of users, very few actually bothered to buy content on the service. At most, there were 1600 concurrent users at any given time, making OnLive's thousands of servers a money-burning waste.

As a service, OnLive had many hurdles to overcome. In addition to steep bandwidth requirements, it simply didn't offer a very attractive library. And some former employees blame former CEO Steve Perlman for scaring off potential partners.

Read more: Scaring away EA, Bethesda, and Valve »

"Looks like the technology wasn't the hardest thing about OnLive after all."
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Morning Keefinated! -- Neil, Guild Wars 2, OnLive and #playnice

Morning Keefinated! -- Neil, Guild Wars 2, OnLive and #playnice

Good morning, Shack!

It's the start of a new week, and time for the launch (or reformatting) of the Shack morning show. I'll be up bright and early each morning to bring you a Keefinated dose of sunshine, so put a cap on that coffee and get comfortable.

For those reading this for the first time, the Morning Keefinated has been appearing regularly in Shack Chatty for two weeks, and irregularly since I started in March. Now you get easy indexing, a list of tags (at the bottom) to quickly access popular Shack features and my semi-coherent rambling on a variety of topics, some of them being game-related. So let's get this rolling, albeit on a sad note.

Read more: So long, Commander Shepard »

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Microsoft seeking former OnLive employees to join Xbox team

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Microsoft seeking former OnLive employees to join Xbox team

OnLive's collapse means that many talented people are currently without a job. However, many of them may find a new home: Microsoft. The company is hosting an OnLive "networking mixer" at its Mountain View campus, not far from OnLive's Palo Alto HQ.

Although Perlman and OnLive are attempting to get as many people back with the newly restructured company, there will still be many unable to (or unwilling) to return to the game streaming company. Microsoft's pursuit of former OnLive employees is particularly interesting, especially when considers Sony's recent acquisition of Gaikai, a competitor in the game streaming space.

Read more: Invites open to join Xbox and Kinect team »

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OnLive CEO says 'essential people' being brought back

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OnLive CEO says 'essential people' being brought back

In the wake of OnLive's assets sale, the newly formed company has detailed its corporate plans moving forward, and we've learned more about how the news was delivered from company CEO Steve Perlman.

Read more: 'I just could not bring in enough' »

"Steve has a lot of great ideas for things, but he just never finishes them or does enough when ..."
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OnLive assets sold, service to continue [Update]

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OnLive assets sold, service to continue [Update]

Update #2: Added confirmation from OnLive that the company has been sold.

Update #1: Added comment from OnLive representatives and analyst Michael Pachter. Additional information from new sources added.

OnLive has, for all intents and purposes, died. "We can now confirm that the assets of OnLive, Inc. have been acquired into a newly-formed company and is backed by substantial funding," a company spokesperson told VentureBeat. Although the company is being restructured, the OnLive service will continue. "There is no expected interruption of any OnLive services," the statement points out.

According to the representative, "the new company is hiring a large percentage of OnLive Inc's staff across all departments and plans to continue to hire substantially more people, including additional OnLive employees." Earlier reports indicated that the entire staff had been laid off.

Explaining the company's silence on the matter, the rep said that "we were unable to comment on this transaction until it completed, and were limited to reporting on news related to OnLive's businesses."

Read more: Massive layoffs, corporate restructuring »

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OUYA strikes deal with OnLive

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OUYA strikes deal with OnLive

As an Android device, it's probably unsurprising that OnLive will appear on OUYA. The service is already available on many other Android devices, and has worked well in our own play tests. Given an OnLive game system costs $99 by itself, the Kickstarter-backed hardware project certainly seems like a good "deal."

Read more: OnLive partnership offers 'hundreds' of games »

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Field Report: LA Noire Touch Edition

Field Report: LA Noire Touch Edition

Last week, Rockstar Games released a new version of LA Noire with touch controls. But you'd be forgiven if you didn't know about it--it's a touch version created exclusively for OnLive. It's easily the best showcase of OnLive's ability to stream games to Android phones and tablets. However, the experience is marred by many of the same issues that plagued the launch of the service.

It's hard not to be stupefied when LA Noire is running as it should on the phone. After playing Angry Birds Space, it's hard not to be floored by the graphics. Whether on wi-fi or on 4G, my connection provided a clear image that let me appreciate the detailed environments and impressive facial capture technology developed by Team Bondi. This is the complete game experience running on my handheld. "This is the future," I thought.

Read more: Virtual game pad problems »

"I'm disappointed to hear the touch controls were less than ideal. In any case, having what is ..."
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Orion: Dino Beatdown 'VidDoc' series teases March release

Orion: Dino Beatdown 'VidDoc' series teases March release

The conflict between dinosaurs and jetpack-wearing space marines gets underway this March with Orion: Dino Beatdown on PC via Steam and OnLive. Indie developer Spiral Game Studios explains some of the game's finer points, like jetpacks and dinosaurs, in a weekly series of video documentaries leading up to the game's launch.

Watch: Jurassic jetpacks »

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QUBE coming to Mac; iOS version prototyped

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QUBE coming to Mac; iOS version prototyped

Indie developer Toxic Games has announced some fresh plans for its recently released first-person puzzler, Q.U.B.E. (Quick Understanding of Block Extrusion). I personally enjoyed the game quite a bit, which is why it's pleasing to discover that the developer is already working on bringing the game to Mac and OnLive, and that the game is also even being prototyped for iOS devices.

Read more: Extrude blocks on more platforms, soon »

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Best of 2011 Runner-Up: Deus Ex Human Revolution

Best of 2011 Runner-Up: Deus Ex Human Revolution

You can't resurrect a widely-adored classic franchise a decade later, common wisdom goes. The game lives in nostalgia now; you can never come close to matching recollections and expectations. Besides, games have moved on. If you change nothing it will feel dated, but any changes will ruin what fans loved. And if it's being made by different people, well, that really won't work. Somehow, developers Eidos Montreal and Nixxes Software didn't succumb to its doomed fate: Deus Ex: Human Revolution recaptures much of the essence of the original, while updating it for modern audiences.

Read me: Why Deus Ex was placed in our 'Top Five' »

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OnLive now supports Xperia Play

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OnLive now supports Xperia Play

Being able to stream console-quality games to mobile phones is novel, but the touch screen controls offered via OnLive didn't really impress us much. If only there were an Android-powered mobile device that also offered physical buttons for gameplay...

Oh yeah, Sony made one: it's called the Xperia Play. OnLive has now been updated to support the "PlayStation Phone," enabling Play owners to play "almost all" games in the OnLive library.

Read more: iOS version in the works »

""An iOS version of the OnLive client is in the works as well." <-- very nice"
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OnLive expands to Android phones and tablets

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OnLive expands to Android phones and tablets

Streaming games service OnLive is expanding its offering to Android tablets and phones today, enabling gamers to play modern PC and console games on their mobile devices. A new OnLive controller, shipping later this week, will allow gamers to play every game available in the OnLive catalog on their phone. But for now, a select catalog of touch-enabled games can be trialed on the Android app.

Some of the games currently available through OnLive streaming for Android include Bastion, Darksiders, Dirt 3, and Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II Chaos Rising. A limited time promo encourages gamers to try the service, unlocking a free copy of LEGO Batman.

Read more: We go hands on »

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GameStop streaming service detailed

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GameStop streaming service detailed

GameStop's steaming service is currently undergoing beta testing and slated for a 2012 launch. Now the company has detailed exactly how it plans to provide the streaming versions alongside its regular retail business.

Read more: 'The consumer has to have bought the game' »

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