Game Service

FAQ

For Gamers

  • What is the OnLive Game Service?
    OnLive is Games on Demand. Play the hottest current titles instantly on your TV, PC or Mac® through your broadband Internet connection. Access OnLive from your PC or Mac via a small browser plug-in, or from your TV via the OnLive MicroConsoleâ„¢.
  • When will OnLive be available?
    OnLive is currently in internal Beta, and we expect to have an external Beta to gamers around the US this summer. If you'd like to help Beta test, sign-up here. We plan to make OnLive available in Winter 2009-10.
  • Where will OnLive be available?
    We'll be launching across the continental US.
  • How much will this cost?
    As we get closer to our launch we will be disclosing more details about pricing and availability.
  • What kind of Internet connection do I need to use the OnLive Service?
    OnLive works over nearly any broadband connection (DSL, cable modem, fiber, or through the LAN at your college or office). For Standard-Definition TV resolution, OnLive needs a 1.5 Mbps connection. For HDTV resolution (720p60), OnLive needs 5 Mbps.
  • What do I need to play OnLive on my TV?
    All you need is your TV, an OnLive MicroConsole and a couple of cables. Power up and play!
  • What if I want to play OnLive on my PC or Mac—what are the minimum specs?
    Since the game is running in the OnLive data center, our system requirements are pretty low. All you need is a PC running a current version of Windows XP® or Vista®, or an Intel®-based Mac running a current version of OS X®.
  • How long does it take to download a game?
    Trust us, it's really fast—it's instant, unlike anything you've tried.
  • How do I patch or update my games?
    OnLive games are patched and updated automatically for you in the OnLive data center. So, games start up the instant you click on them.
  • What is the difference between OnLive and other services delivering games via the network?
    There isn't anything like the OnLive system in terms of instant access to the latest games, a media-rich experience, ease of use, and ability to play on your TV, or entry-level PC, or Mac.
  • How long until the newest games are available through the OnLive Service?
    OnLive works with its partners to deliver the newest titles as soon as they're released. No waiting in lines, pre-ordering, or waiting on shipments. Just connect and play!
  • Can I try new games before buying?
    Yes. You can play the latest and greatest demos, and even rent games to try them out. OnLive also lets you watch the top players as a way to discover new games and learn a few new tricks.
  • Are the games currently listed on your website the only games available?
    These are just the games we are announcing right now and showing at the 2009 Game Developers Conference. We expect to have more titles available at launch.
  • Does OnLive support multiplayer?
    Absolutely. Even beyond normal online multiplayer action, OnLive has many social features that make it a great place to watch your friends, join in, and record and share your highlights (or lowlights).

For Developers and Publishers

  • What is the process for getting my game onto OnLive?
    Instructions for becoming a certified developer or publisher and for downloading our SDK are available here. If you're interested, sign-up and we'll be in touch.
  • Can firms develop games specifically for the OnLive platform?
    Yes, using our SDK. And since we run your game on high-end servers, every gamer gets the optimal experience. OnLive is intended to be a complete development-to-distribution platform.
  • What are the details around programming for the platform?
    We have a few compliance requirements in place to move existing PC titles onto the platform, and a richer SDK available to take advantage of unique OnLive features. Additionally, there is no expensive development hardware to purchase, and you can use standard PC development tools you know and love.
  • How does OnLive work with publishers?
    In addition to offering a direct channel from development-to-distribution, OnLive opens completely new doors for marketing and promotion, as well as a seamless way to connect with a large, engaged target audience.
  • Who's supporting your platform?
    Lots of people are. We're getting an extremely positive reaction, as evidenced by the partners who've signed on thus far. OnLive simplifies the game development process for developers, and offers publishers improved economics and a more direct relationship with their customers.
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