OnLive has announced that its OnLive Cloud gaming service will be launched in the United Kingdom on September 22th. The cloud-based gaming service allows users to play games on tablets and HDTV sets without the need of a gaming console or DVDs.
Originally launched in the United States last summer, the gaming service enables users to play popular titles though a broadband connection, without having to download the whole game. Instead, the game’s code is stored in its servers and it is streamed to the user’s TV, computer or tablet device in real time via the internet, similar to a YouTube video.
OnLive said that have more than 100 “top tier” games will be available from its release date. It is yet to announce specific titles as it is currently in the process of licensing most of its catalogue that are currently available in the States.
Games can be played through your PCs, TVs or tablets by using the service’s dedicated set top box and controller combo. The box and controller combo will have a retail price of £99.99.
“OnLive will utterly transform gaming in the UK,” said Steve Perlman, founder and CEO of OnLive. “No discs, big downloads or specialised hardware needed. OnLive gives you the latest games instantly, anytime, anywhere on HDTV, PC, Mac, as well as iPad, Android tablets. High-performance gaming as accessible as streaming video, with unique social features such as massive spectating with voice chat and Facebook integration.”
The OnLive cloud gaming service will be launched on September 22nd at the EuroGamer Expo 2011, where the company will be giving thousands of its game systems for free.