Online gaming store OnLive has been awarded a fundamental patent for cloud-based gaming eight years after it was filed.
OnLive has grown rapidly in the online games market since its launch in June and offers users the chance to download games directly on to their Macs, PCs, iPads and smartphones.
According to OnLive CEO Steve Perlman, the patent involves a low-latency video compressing technology that compresses image content and removes the lag seen on the screen. From this users will be able to play lag-free games hosted on servers thousands of miles away.
Perlman said in a press release: “Hundreds of people have worked incredibly hard for more than 8 years to bring OnLive technology from the lab to the mass market, not just overcoming technical and business challenges, but overcoming immense skepticism.”
"It is gratifying to not only see people throughout the world enjoying OnLive technology in the wake of so many doubters, but also receive recognition for such a key invention," the CEO said.
The company also claims that it has many more patents in the pipeline.