OnLive ‘Chatting’ with Microsoft, Sony and Valve
This is all really preliminary, but OnLive VP of Engineering Joe Bentley said the company has been talking with Microsoft and Sony, and that since the OnLive gamepad is a hybrid of those two companies’ controllers, it’d be compatible with either of their consoles.
Bentley also said OnLive has been speaking with Valve, which apparently “loves” the service and is interested in…something. He wasn’t super-forthcoming with details, but partnerships are possible.
What I’m afraid of in this whole scenario aren’t more OnLive partnerships — the company is already in bed with EA, THQ and Warner Bros., and offers Gearbox’s Borderlands as well, among a whole bunch of other games. That’s great. What’s scary is the idea that Valve might decide it wants to make OnLive part of Steam, or Sony or Microsoft might decide it can purchase OnLive and dismantle it, ruining the great thing the company has going. OnLive is currently highly functional and beautifully affordable, and it provides a spectacular service to those of us who don’t have amazing PCs on which to play amazing PC games.
And OnLive’s support for the iPad, which basically lets you stream PC games to a tablet (we tried it at E3), looks absolutely a-freakin’-mazing