Deus Ex: Human Revolution free OnLive code in PC retail copies

The cyberpunk RPG is, fittingly, "the first video game disc packaged with a free cloud gaming copy." PC retail editions include a free code for a full copy of the game on OnLive.

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Cloud gaming service OnLive bills itself as a revolutionary step in gaming technology, and wants to show you its vision of the future with a very fitting promotion. Retail PC copies of cyberpunk RPG Deus Ex: Human Revolution include a code for a free copy of the full game on OnLive, letting you jack into it from online terminals and datapads.

This is "the first video game disc packaged with a free cloud gaming copy," according to OnLive president Steve Perlman--and what better game to start with?

"Gamers get the best of both worlds--a physical copy for their home PC and an OnLive cloud gaming copy for instant-play anywhere on an HDTV, PC, Mac, and soon iPad and Android tablets," Perlman said. "Having the option of local or cloud gaming provides unprecedented value and convenience that has never before been available for high-performance AAA titles."

Now, if the OnLive edition can access saved games stored online in the Steam Cloud, letting you play on your beefy gaming PC then continue on your netbook, that'd be truly futuristic. Shacknews has contacted OnLive to find out whether this is the case.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution launched yesterday in North America on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and will spread across Europe later this week. How is it? Read our review to find out.

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    August 24, 2011 6:00 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Deus Ex: Human Revolution free OnLive code in PC retail copies.

    The cyberpunk RPG is, fittingly, "the first video game disc packaged with a free cloud gaming copy." PC retail editions include a free code for a full copy of the game on OnLive.

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      August 24, 2011 6:12 AM

      I'm rooting for OnLive (even though I personally have only tried a demo just to see what it was like and was not overly impressed), but I believe their service can still make substantial improvements to reduce lag and increase video quality. That said, the infastructure upgrade around the U.S. will do wonders to help by itself.

      I don't think OnLive will survive on their own long term; I hope it's Valve/Steam that buys them out. Valve could port steam to Android and iOS, and it would be an instant way for millions of gamers to have access to their 100+ games from virtually any mobile device.

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        August 24, 2011 6:20 AM

        Seems more of a candidate for Apple takeover.

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          August 24, 2011 6:40 AM

          Anything seems like an Apple takeover at this point. BUT, OnLive did say not very long ago that they have been working with and in talks with Valve.

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          August 24, 2011 8:14 AM

          Apple will only buy companies for which it doesn't have to provide legacy support (at least, that it can't rebrand).

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        August 24, 2011 11:42 AM

        That's kinda where I am with it. When I've tried OnLive it's been plenty playable but the quality overall hasn't been enough for me to actually want to play it over buying games myself. That said, I think what they're doing is interesting and surprisingly effective and I hope it spurs things like infrastructure upgrades.

        I think on some level I would dislike having all the games I've bough live on someone else's server all the time, but I felt similarly about digital distribution until Steam started getting really good and I've embraced that with open arms since then.

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      August 24, 2011 6:16 AM

      Just what I wanted, a low res laggy version of a game that will also kill my comcast bandwidth cap.

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        August 24, 2011 6:27 AM

        It's not like it costs you anything, and I'm happy to try it out over at a friends place who doesn't have a copy or something.

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      August 24, 2011 6:20 AM

      How would Onlive work for a steamworks game? (which Deus Ex is and also supports Steam Cloud)

      Haven't tried Onlive so I'm not really familiar with it (it's not available Australia and probably won't be for a long time).

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        August 24, 2011 6:32 AM

        Probably one of the console versions.

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        August 24, 2011 6:38 AM

        My guess is that it doesn't support any Steam stuff.

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        August 24, 2011 6:46 AM

        They just take that part out. I think most onlive games are special builds.

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      August 24, 2011 6:57 AM

      Don’t buy the game from GameStop as they are throwing out the OnLive coupon codes.

      More info at OnLiveSpot.

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      August 24, 2011 7:06 AM

      Is thsi only for new onlive accounts? I followed the inscructions but couldn't get to place to enter the code.

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      August 24, 2011 7:10 AM

      Is this a Steamworks game? If so, who has it cheapest?

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        August 24, 2011 7:14 AM

        It is steamsworks.

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        August 24, 2011 8:42 AM

        Green Man Gaming had the best pre-order deal. I don't know about now, but the usually have 20% off codes that are easy to get a hold of.

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      August 24, 2011 7:18 AM

      I wonder if this applies to copies bought at Green Man Gaming, doubt it though.

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      August 24, 2011 7:54 AM

      This is false or errored. Mine did not come with this code.

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      August 24, 2011 7:54 AM

      Nice news. This should help them get some momentum and popularity as more dubious people try it out and see that it has its place and advantages (as well as disadvantages).

      I just wanted to say this thread was missing me. :D

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