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The mass lay-off occurred this morning, and does not bode well for the start-up, which was making a name for itself in bringing console gaming to streaming devices. There's no telling what the future holds for OnLive at this point. If it does go under, its competitor Gaikai will be the only streaming cloud gaming service left standing.

 

 

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According to a source close to the situation, the company called an all hands meeting at 10am PDT, at which the entire staff was fired. Some staffers may be rehired as the company transitions to its next unknown iteration


...Our source tells us that many employees blame the failure of the company squarely on the CEO — who refused to sell the company “many times.” There is speculation that the future company may simply be pure intellectual property play. OnLive reportedly has lots of patents covering cloud-distributed content, especially in 3D graphics.

 

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On-Live Spokesman Brian Jaquett says its not true.

And I hope its not true, as it was the only reason why I ordered the new Vizio Co-Star.

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I tried this service. It was terrible. The graphic quality of the games is awful.
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Onlive is an ok service i'm more interested in Gaikai at this point considering Sony just purchased them
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I tried this service. It was terrible. The graphic quality of the games is awful.
In a pre-HD world this would have been a great service but like you said when I tried it it was graphically woeful.

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UPDATE: A spokesman for the company has said that "the OnLive service is not shutting down," but the layoff rumors appear to be true.

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Maybe they are still planning on running the service (automated only) while still firing all the people that once worked there?
What company wouldnt want to collect revenue while not having to bother about the expense of salaries.
The added bonus for them is that their support costs essentially become zero since there is nobody to call/IM.
Sounds like a CEO's wet dream, or as they would say its a win/win situation for the corporation.

Those pesky workers are no longer a liability for them and the CEO can sleep better at night.

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Pretty much everyone said this was going to be a huge failure..... It's a dumb idea and NA doesn't have the bandwidth yet to handle anything but crap mobile games.

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Pretty much everyone said this was going to be a huge failure..... It's a dumb idea and NA doesn't have the bandwidth yet to handle anything but crap mobile games.

The bandwidth requirement for cloud gaming really isn't that significant. It's the packet latency that's the real issue, at least for action games like 1st-person shooters and driving games; there's just too much of a delay between the joystick/gamepad/mouse/keyboard input and when something actually happens in response to that input. I spent quite a bit of time playing around with OnLive while at my parent's place recovering from ankle surgery. They have FIOS and get a really good connection to the OnLive servers. RPGs and Strategy games were actually quite playable. Shooters, on the other hand, were irritatingly laggy; it felt like what I imagine one of those drunk driving simulators might feel like, where the controls are delayed and often don't do quite what you tell them to.

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I am quite sorry to hear this. I had high hopes for this firm since they debuted at one of the popular trade shows quite a few years ago. If they enter the realm of pure intellectual property management, that could be lucrative.
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Good news; OnLive sold its assets to an unidentified buyer who is expected to hire most of the original Original OnLive staff.
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