Winner Innovation of the Year
Guide price: £6.99 /month
The day OnLive was announced, we put all of our consoles and gaming PCs into a truck, drove it down to the coast and threw them into the sea. We’ve since decided that this might have been a trifle premature (and expensive), but it seems you agree with our impulse. So many of you would like to see the cloud gaming service give the Xbox 360 and PS3 a smack in the disc drives that you voted it Innovation of the Year – and it’s not hard to see why. The latest games are delivered to your Mac, PC, TV or, soon, tablet without the need for a rip-snorting processor or beefy graphics card: all the grunt work is done behind the scenes, where OnLive’s servers crunch the numbers and pipe the resulting video feed to your home.
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