OnLive launches Desktop Plus service, Pro tier on the way

OnLive Desktop Plus

OnLive recently expanded its streaming service from games to virtual machines. OnLive Desktop for iPad all0w users to stream an instance of windows to access Microsoft Office, other basic windows applications, and 2GB of storage for free. One of the big complaints about the free version is the lack of any for of internet access, the Plus tier fixes that.

The $5/month paid Plus tier offers the base functionality, with the addition of access to Internet Explorer, Adobe Reader, and a 1Gb/second Internet connection. The New York Times reports that performance on the virtualized Windows instances is faster than anything most have ever used with MS Word opening in one second. The 1Gb internet connection is also fast than almost any connection available to consumers.

There is a catch here though, to get files on and off of the service users must log in to the OnLive website, and transfer files using a special tool. OnLive Desktop is currently only available on iPad, but it is planned to soon release on Android, PC, Mac, and TVs.

Outside of iPad users who absolutely need to run Flash on their tablets, the use-case for the $5 Pro tier is hard to pin-down, but OnLive is also planning a $10/month Pro plan that will allow users to run additional custom applications. Using OnLive’s fast service to run processor intensive tasks needed for rendering in Autodesk and the like could make the service a lot more worthwhile.

Source: OnLive blogOfficial site - iOS App Store | Via: New York Times

Razer baffles with Project Fiona, bolts controls to PC gaming tablet

Razer has long been known for creating premium, well-received PC gaming peripherals including keyboards and mice. In recent years it has started to branch out with more “asperational” products that have left many scratching there  ir heads, and none of them have yet come to market.

Project Fiona, the latest in the line-up of non-traditional offering, was announced at CES 2012, and it comes of the form of a tablet sporting analog sticks and buttons attached to the side (see picture). The tablet features a 10.1 inch 1280 x 800 capcitive touchscreen, third-gen Core i7 processor, undisclosed GPU, and assorted other expected accoutrements.

The tablet gaming concept is being positioned as playing PC games. This means it will run Windows, not the typical Android that most other tablet makers utilize. The used of Intel hardware also puts this gaming tablet into a category other that typical tablet offerings, and indicates that it will likely come it at a premium price.

Although Project Fiona is currently in the concept stage, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan told The Verge that it planned to hit the market, likely with a new design. The on-floor unit was shown playing games via OnLive.

Source: The Verge

Google Chrome to introduce native gamepad support

Google Chrome has received a of significant upgrades since it initially hit the browser scene a couple years ago. It is now a robust browser offering, and Google is now looking to expand its capabilities beyond what is usually expected from a web browser.

Google developer advocate Paul Kinlan took the stage at Develop Liverpool and revealed that native game controller support is coming to Chrome in 2012. Once the support is integrated it will allow plug-and-play gamepads to be used for any supported platforms, including streaming gaming service like OnLive.

Html5 and recent integration of robust WebGL support put Google in a strong position to push internet gaming as a viable rival to other Flash-based offerings. Forthcoming updates are also set to introduce support for WebRTC, an open-source, plugin-free video chat interface.

Source: EdgeGoogle+