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OnLive: Gaming in the cloud (that works)

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In a nutshell, it’s a Slingbox for gamers. It will allow you to remotely turn on your gaming console and play your games over the internet. I saw a demo on the Engadget show and it looked promising. The caveat is that you are limited to whatever game disc happens to be in the console tray, unless you have a number of downloaded Games on Demand. Of course, you could always phone the wife and ask her to put in your Halo ODST disc when you tire of GTA. Unfortunately, if Spawn Labs doesn’t get this product out soon (expected ship date is January 18th, 2010), the product will be obsolete once OnLive releases its cloud-based monster (see below).

Check out this video of OnLive CEO, Steve Perlman demoing the system at Columbia University (his alma mater). It’s 48 minutes long, but for me, completely riveting. Check out the value proposition at the 28:54 mark and see why so many game vendors bought in. If it REALLY works, this will be the most disruptive technology not just in gaming, but in entertainment as a whole.