The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Smoke Free Office
The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Accountability
The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – The Answers?
The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – iPatch
Onlive And Steam: A Marriage Between The Two Top Names In Cloud Gaming

Onlive And Steam: A Marriage Between The Two Top Names In Cloud Gaming

Onlive and Steam: A Marriage Between the Two Top Names In Cloud Gaming

By now, virtually everyone has heard of the implosion of cloud-gaming pioneer, Onlive. The company that was once heralded as the final answer to cloud gaming was forced to file an assignment for the benefit of creditors, which would ultimately put them in the hands of investment firm, Lauder Partner.

The reasons behind this meltdown are pretty easy to identify. Reports indicate that Onlive was shelling out over $5 million each month supporting over eight thousand different game servers, while only sporting under two thousand gamers playing at any one time during peak hours. While Onlive claimed an active user base of over 1.5 million subscribers, money is not earned if people are not actually using the service.

So that’s where the story ends, right? Not even close!

Onlive has once again captured the headlines of major news outlets with their recent pairing with online-gaming provider, Steam. This service will be markedly different than what they offered the first time around. Rather than solely offering games themselves, which could be played as much as you wanted for a specific amount of money each month, users will now be able to purchase their games through Steam and play them on any device they own.

How is this accomplished? One word: CloudLift

cloud-lift-games

What Is CloudLift?

Onlive’s new service, dubbed CloudLift, is able to detect which games you have already purchased through Steam and streams them directly to the device you want to use. CloudLift provides support for all aspects of gaming through Steam. This means you can still enjoy multiplayer with other gamers, as well as all of the achievements and download content that is available.

Current CloudLift Games

Given that Onlive and Steam just recently finalized their partnership, it should come as no surprise that the number of currently supported games is pretty small. As of the time of the writing of this article, the number of supported games totaled to around twenty five. However, while the number may be low, AAA titles such as Batman: Arkham City and Darksiders 2 are among the available titles.

PlayPack

Steam integration is not the only way to currently play games through Onlive. PlayPack, a feature that has been with Onlive from the very beginning, is still available for $9.95 per month. With PlayPack, you have access to over 200 games, which can be streamed to a PC, tablet, smartphone or TV. These games are not purchased beforehand, such as what is involved with CloudLift. Rather, all games can be played simply by paying the monthly fee.

Onlive Go

CloudLift is not the only innovation from Onlive to make recent headlines. Onlive Go, which is being promoted as a gateway to virtual worlds, will make its debut with the popular alternate-reality game, Second Life. Onlive Go will provide access to small developers as a way to make it possible for users to play them directly in the cloud.

Onlive’s marriage to Steam is some of the hottest new to hit the cloud gaming industry in a while. Is CloudLift or Onlive Go services you would enjoy? Let us know in the Comments section below!

By Joe Pellicone

Joe Pellicone
Follow

Joe Pellicone

In 2011, Joe launched his writing career, dealing primarily with the tech topics he is so familiar with (Tech & Gaming). Today, Joe uses his experience and talent to create quality and enjoyable pieces on everything from gaming hardware and software, to individual games and gaming companies.
Joe Pellicone
Follow

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.

FREE! POPULAR RESEARCH TOOLS

Popular Archives

Cloud Infographic – The Future Of Big Data

Cloud Infographic – The Future Of Big Data

The Future Of Big Data Big Data is BIG business and will continue to be one of the more predominant areas of focus in the coming years from small startups to large scale corporations. We’ve already covered on CloudTweaks how Big Data can be utilized in a number of interesting ways from preventing world hunger to helping teams win…

Cloud Computing Checklist For Startups

Cloud Computing Checklist For Startups

Cloud Computing Checklist For Startups There are many people who aspire to do great things in this world and see new technologies such as Cloud computing and Internet of Things as a tremendous offering to help bridge and showcase their ideas. Innovation is not doing what everyone else is doing #onefest — Warren Whitlock (@WarrenWhitlock)…

Recent

Cloud Infographic – Top Vulnerable Applications

Cloud Infographic – Top Vulnerable Applications

Top Vulnerable Applications  As you use the Internet on a daily basis, you probably come across cyber security topics, but rarely glance at them twice. After all, cyber security threats don’t concern you, right? Well, that’s not exactly true. Cyber attacks are more widespread than you can imagine and they may be targeting your devices as…

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Whatever Happened To Alone Time?

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Whatever Happened To Alone Time?

By David Fletcher Are you looking to supercharge your Newsletter, Powerpoint presentation, Social media campaign or Website? Our universally recognized tech related comics can help you. Contact us for information on our commercial licensing rates.  About Latest Posts FollowJoe PelliconeIn 2011, Joe launched his writing career, dealing primarily with the tech topics he is so…

MOST RECENT - Posted by
New Trends In Cloud Based Education

New Trends In Cloud Based Education

Cloud Based Education With technological progress accelerating and users’ computer experience becoming richer and increasingly complex, the future developments in education technology is very exciting. Students are now able to attend demonstration sessions on how to handle technology through remote laboratories using advanced applications in a truly interactive environment. One of these exciting areas is in telemedicine.…

The Many Hats Of Today’s IT Managers

The Many Hats Of Today’s IT Managers

The Many Hats of IT Managers In years past, the IT department of most large organizations was much like a version of Middle Earth: a mysterious nether world where people who seemed infinitely smarter than the rest of us bustled around, speaking and typing languages that appeared indecipherable, yet, which made our world work. They…

Selling Your Business To Your Employees

Selling Your Business To Your Employees

Mobility For Your Employees It may seem a radical notion, the idea of selling your business to the people who work for you, but this is the era in which we now work. Employees of all levels are all incredibly aware of their options when it comes to mobility and employability. This doesn’t mean that…

Technology Sponsors

hp Logo CityCloud-PoweredByOpenstack-Bluesquare_logo_100x100-01
cisco_logo_100x100 vmware citrix100
Site 24x7 200px-KPMG
Advertising ROI Plans

Established in 2009

CloudTweaks is recognized as one of the leading influencers in cloud computing, big data and internet of things (IoT) information. Our goal is to continue to build our growing information portal, by providing the best in-depth articles, interviews, event listings, whitepapers, infographics and much more.

CloudTweaks Comic Library

Advertising