OnLive Says Batman: Arkham City Demo Breaks Records in U.S., UK
OnLive didn’t say just how many players actually took part in the demo (that would cause the company to reveal some kind of user numbers, which it continues to remain mum about), which consists of everything you can see from the beginning of Arkham City in 30 minutes or less — just that the demo broke records. The service allows users to stream games over the Internet to their PCs or Macs, or the company’s “micro console,” which plugs into an Internet connection and streams the games to a TV set instead. The benefit of OnLive is that it’s largely hardware agnostic, helping players still whining about the expense of a halfway decent PC gaming rig to use their crappy computers (and Macs) to stream PC games instead.
While we don’t really have, uh…any information at all of just how big a deal this demo was, OnLive’s CEO, Steve Perlman, touted it as being a victory for the service “try before you buy” mentality. That’s good, I guess. I suppose we’ll just continue to take OnLive at its word that the streaming service is doing really, really well, even though it refuses to tell us just how “well” well actually is.