OnLive Game System Review
Pros:Price is good, feels solid and it's portable.
Cons:Needs more games catalogue and no wireless internet connection.
With an online gaming service that solely depends on internet speeds, props goes out to OnLive for creating a lag free gaming experience.
OnLive Game System is a gaming console that relies on games streaming from Online’s cloud system using series of data centers. Users of OnLive services can play games stored in the cloud providing they have access to the internet and you an even play them via iPad if you have the adapter. OnLive Game System can be a perfect alternative for anyone who wants to take their gaming experience with them, out side of their home, with a library of over 200 + games available to buy or rent.
OnLive game System which started off streaming via a software on PC or Mac now provide their micro-console to deliver a Netflix-like experience with games.
What’s in the box
The well packaged box when opened, you are greeted with the following:
- OnLive MicroConsole TV Adapter
- OnLive Wireless Controller
- MicroConsole Power Adapter
- HDMI Cable, 6 foot (1.8m)
- Rechargeable Controller Battery: Estimated 36 hours play time
- USB Play and charge cable, 6.6 feet (2m)
- AA batteries for Wireless Controller (2)
- Ethernet Cable, 5.25 feet (1.6 m)
Design, setup and usage
The micro-console is sleek and has a small profile with simplistic look. It was difficult to believe such a small thing will deliver a very good gaming experience. The Micro-console has an HDMI out, optical out, audio out, A/V out, a power plug and USB ports for connecting wired controllers and it also worked with Xbox wired controller and USB keyboard which is a bonus. The solid looking system is very small and will sit nicely next to a TV without looking out of place or taking up too much room. The controller in the box has a design and solid feel with adequate weight for comfortable and prolonged playing periods; it felt a little like the Xbox controller with the d-pads, dual analogue sticks, playback buttons, the trigger buttons and shoulder buttons.
Setting up the system is very straight forward with no need for a college degree, you simply need to connect the correct cables; I connected the HDMI cable, the power cable and the power cable, I fired it up and all I had to do was follow the on screen instructions, signed in with the account I created on OnLive’s website and that was it, I was on my way to playing games online.
Once online, the user interface is very easy and straight forward for navigating my way around my profile, market place etc and when I played some games like Batman: Arkham city, the graphics was decent and was pretty close to what I got on my PS3 although not as good in my opinion when compared to composite cables on the Xbox 360.
OnLive currently have an offer for PlayPack Bundle which offers All you can play for $9.99/month and with that you get access to Over 200 games with possibilities to play on demand on PC, Mac, TV, and tablet and no subscription, you can cancel anytime.
With an online gaming service that solely depends on internet speeds, props goes out to OnLive for creating a lag free gaming experience. The picture quality was good and the size of the console also means it can be packed alongside other gadgets in my gadgets bag. The games are limited but the ones available are of good standards.