Sunday, July 29, 2012

OnLive joins the OUYA console revolution

Cloud-based gaming service OnLive has confirmed it will be available on the crowd-sourced console OUYA at launch. There's a real buzz around the arrival of the Rubiks Cube-sized device. OUYA (pronounced OOO-Yah) aims to revolutionise gaming... with OnLive onboard too, Megabits of Gaming is hoping for great things ahead!

OUYA: "A new kind of video game console"
We've been impressed by OnLive's cloud-based gaming offering for some time and OUYA, a device that's open to all and trying to rival the big guns of the console world, is an exciting prospect. By unleashing developers and freeing them the shackles of programming for more established systems, combined with top quality titles from OnLive, this could truly bring gaming to the masses.

A statement from OnLive’s General Manager, Bruce Grove said: 
When OnLive first heard about OUYA, we were excited to see console gaming becoming more available and open. Like OUYA, we came to gaming with a new vision for making top-quality gaming accessible to more people, and we continue to look for ways to expand on that vision. OUYA is rethinking the console business, making waves by using standard technology to make gaming for your living room accessible, affordable and more innovative than ever. In OnLive's case, we pioneered a groundbreaking, cloud-based system that instantly delivers games to any device on demand. 

OnLive says it will bring hundreds of top-tier games from more than 80 publishers to the new platform. OUYA owners will be able to jump in and play any of these games both at home on their OUYA console, and on the go on PCs, Macs, tablets and phones. Gamers will be able to try before they buy with instant demos lasting up to 30 minutes for free.

The OUYA Kickstarter project had an ambitious $950,000 target when it was launched in early July. I doubt even those behind the concept of a compact, hackable Android-based gaming system would have dreamed that with only a few days to go, that goal had been smashed. With ten days left, the total stands at $5.7m with a staggering 44,000 backers. 

OUYA launches next year. Take a look at the official Kickstarter project page or visit the OnLive Blog for more details.