This is big news for anyone who watched this video
and dreamed of playing high end PC games on their smart phone. The OnLive
service now has their WiFi beta program available to all users of their service. Originally the OnLive
service could only be used with a wired connection. There are a number of tweaks, including a 5 min window if you loose connection, that will allow users to use WiFi to play OnLive
with minimal disadvantage. How long until three or four g compatibility? I'm predicting a very optimistic one year time span, if OnLive
manages to survive.
We’re excited to announce that OnLive Wi-Fi Beta, mentioned in my recent post, is now available for all members. Using the new Wi-Fi Beta feature is easy. Start the OnLive Game Service as you normally do. A message will pop up letting you know you are using Wi-Fi. Just select “Wi-Fi Beta” and that’s it.
OnLive’s Wi-Fi technology handles many real-world Wi-Fi scenarios including management of interference, congestion and drop-outs if you get out of range. In fact, you can lose your Internet connection completely for up to five minutes and resume your game where you left off upon re-establishing the connection.
We’ve found that Wi-Fi Beta works well over most wireless networks that can sustain at least 3 Mbps, but if you are having problems, consult our OnLive Wi-Fi FAQ page for tips on how to get the best results with Wi-Fi.
[For those of you who have been “unofficially” using Wi-Fi by using a bridge, you’ll need to turn off the bridge to get the benefits of OnLive’s new Wi-Fi technology.]
As this feature is still in Beta, we’ll constantly be making tweaks and improvements to it. Any feedback you send to firstname.lastname@example.org would be appreciated.
Also, if you have been waiting for Wi-Fi to try the OnLive Game Service again, you might notice more has changed than just the availability of Wi-Fi. We’ve been steadily improving the video quality, connection reliability and response time. One of the things I love about OnLive is we get to make improvements without users needing new hardware or big installs. OnLive just keeps getting better.
So, give the Wi-Fi Beta feature a try and let us know what you think!
—Steve Perlman, OnLive Founder & CEO