OnLive Game System (MicroConsole)
Type Micro-Console Developer OnLive, Inc.
Release Date 2010-Dec-05 Region(s) Worldwide
Initial Price $99.99 USD Games Released 300+ (as of 01-Jan-13)
     by Marriott_Guy
The OnLive Game System (MicroConsole) is a media streaming device and dongle for the games offered by their OnLive Gaming Service.  Titles are rendered remotely and distributed to gamers through the internet (cloud-based gaming).  This service was initially only available to PC clients, but the OnLive Game System brings this experience to that HDTV in your living room.

The console comes with a wireless controller and all of the cables to get you started right out of the box (including one free game of your choice).  A steady 3-5Mbps internet connection is required to enjoy the experience.  The OnLive interface provides access to previously purchased game content, new offerings and a few networking applications (i.e. Brag Clips).  The hardware itself is extremely small and fits easily within any entertainment center.  Reports indicate that the built-in WiFi is a bit buggy, so ensure to place the OnLive Game System within reach of your wired internet connection.  Another item of note is that the maximum resolution of streamed video is 720p.

Overall the OnLive Game System seems like an excellent low-cost alternative for gaining access to cloud-based gaming from the comfort of your couch. 
     Officially licensed releases
OnLive Game System (MicroConsole)

     Non-licensed hardware releases
No clones were released for this system.
     Interesting facts on software for this system
Software for the OnLive Game System is digitally distributed through the OnLive Gaming Service.

OnLive initially charged a monthly fee of $14.95 USD per month, but this would be dropped within 3 months of launch in favor of consumption based pricing.  Titles may be rented for three (3) or five (5) days increments, or may be purchased in full to enable unfettered future game play  for the respective title.

An additional subscription option, known as the PlayPack Bundle, is currently available which provides the gamer unlimited access to the OnLive software library for a monthly fee of $9.99 USD.  Many demos are available to test drive many of the offerings in the OnLive library of games.

Official Promotion Video showing Sample Game Play
     Captured in-game images
The following are screenshots of the launch games for the OnLive Gaming Service.
AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! Assassin's Creed II
Brain Challenge
Defense Grid: The Awakening
Just Cause 2
Madballs in Babo: Invasion
Major League Baseball 2K10
NBA 2H10
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
Red Faction: Guerrilla
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction
Unreal Tournament 3
World of Goo


     First and third party system emulators

The OnLive Game System is a streaming device with no need for emulation.

     For the hardware enthusiasts out there - all the detail you\we love.
Processor Type  Processor Speed  Other Processor Information RAM \ Video RAM
None N\A None None
Screen Resolution Color Palette Polygons \ Sprites Audio
720p \ 1080p \ 1080i N\A N\A Dolby Surround Sound 5.1
Media Format Media Capacity Games Released Other Supported Formats
Digital (Streamed) Varied 300+ None
Internal Storage External \ Removable Storage Game Controllers Other Game \ Peripheral Devices
None Cloud Data Storage Wireless Gamepad
(almost identical to Xbox controller)
Various 3rd party devices USB \ Bluetooth devices (keyboard\mouse\headset)
Controller Ports Network Ports Other Ports Audio \ Video
Wireless Gamepad (support up to four devices) Wired Ethernet with Network bridges (Powerline, Coax or Wi-Fi) USB ports (2) Component (optional), HDMI
Power Supply - External Other Outputs  Other Details \ Notes
Input: AC 120\250V, 60\50Hz
Output: DC 12V, 1A
Stereo minijack (analog), TOSLINK Wireless pairing button
OnLive Game System Product Information Guide (PDF) - 0.14 MB

     Peripherals, Promotions, Commercials, Brochures, Etc.
OnLive Official Trailers & Television Commercial

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