OnLive gets September UK launch date

Cloud-based gaming specialist OnLive has announced its cloud-based gaming service will launch in the UK on the 22nd of September at the opening of the 2011 Eurogamer Expo London.

If that wasn't enough, according to the outfit's founder and CEO Steve Perlman, the service will "utterly transform gaming in the UK."

With “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," he burbled on the back on the announcement. But he may have a point.

With gamers traditionally locked into a conspiracy between publishers and hardware makers, forcing them to upgrade thier PC every few months to be able to enjoy the very latest titles - and fork out a small fortune to buy off-the-shelf packages - OnLive makes the hardware redundant by taking care of most of the complex processing remotely. The only weak link in the chain will be the dodgy Internet connections with which we are all familiar, along with claims from ISPs to deliver speeds which are far short of reality.

OnLive says it will have a catalogue of 100 "top-tier" games available from launch, playable on wired-up HDTVs, PCs, and Macs as well as iPads and Android tablets. Games appear on the gadget rather like interactive streaming video with added features such as - somewhat bizarrely - spectators, plus voice chat and the inevitable Facebook integration.

OnLive says 'membership' is free, for those that do want to spectate, but anyone wanting to play will have to fork out a monthly fee. The announcement is lacking any pricing details, as is the web site - as far as we can tell - but it's here if you want to check for yourself.