The amount of data (compression + slight quality reduction to get to the required level) needed to be sent isn't really the problem it's the lag that'll most likely kill it.
Originally Posted by Duo Maxwell
Furthermore you can not compress below entropy. Therefore no matter what super algorithm one might find in the future there is a hard limit below which you can not go.
I think everyone has missed the bigger licensing issue here with Onlive. If you buy a game with Onlive, do you own that game? If you cancel their service what happens to the games you've bought? Games you already own? Can you install a game you bought off of Onlive at home on your own machine?
World of Warcraft is one game where I think this system could work. The latency issues aren't a big deal, and you don't have the licensing issues I've mentioned above. If reasonably priced I wouldn't mind being able to play WoW or any other MMO from anywhere I'd please.(I'm the gold farmers would love this service, it'd make it difficult for blizzard to ban them by IP)
How about a quick game of Starcraft or AoE2 while you're on a buiness trip or in a cyber cafe(Cafe owners may not like that 1.5Mbs video stream however XD)?
If anything Onlive's marketing strategy is why they're doomed to failure, not the technical limitations of Video on Demand.
A little update if anyone gives a damn it's now under public beta Intel Mac's and Win only, apply 'ere (USA only)
so you ppl arent satisfied with DRM? we need to go a step further with a system where its not even installed in your pc? crazy talk.
This goes in the opposite direction of current 'development' i say, while the new world tomorrow brings more of linux, companies like gog, woflire,Frictional Games, and of course S2Games(independent, Open Minded), games like in the old days, where u just push and run(and have fun -hassle free-).
These guys are going back into extreme proprietary levels...
funny, but i dont think so. maybe... out of touch?
the funnest game-time i every had was with friends, over LAN(that's L for local). I'll certainly be one to never give up on that, I'm not ready to finance our demise.
Gaikai looks much better, and AFAIK it supports Linux.
It was started by David Perry, the guy who did Earthworm Jim.
Oh, no, we're not missing the licensing issues... There's just no way they can supply enough resources now or in the next 5 or so years minimum to handle more than a small percentage of the entire potential client base.
Originally Posted by Milyardo
The technical issues kill it dead right out of the gate.
I've already spelled those out- you're not going to make a lot of money if you're talking about only a couple of thousand per major metropolitan area- and that's all they're going to manage.
It's snake oil. Largely any of the companies selling this are selling that. It's another step in the folly of the "media" industries trying to "protect" their revenue stream.