Online gaming is fast becoming the main platform for the hardcore gamers out there, with more and more people taking advantage of the speedy broadband connections we now have. Single player campaigns are no longer enough and the demand for online gameplay is seen as a way to achieve a higher challenge with their chosen titles. OnLive are one company that takes full advantage of this demand and focus solely on online gaming with their console.
Reports are now suggesting that next year Microsoft will be hoping to get in on the act too with an online console of their own. Their universal gaming portal will be designed to allow gamers to purchase a game once and be able to play it across three platforms including mobile, PC and Xbox 360. In order to achieve this, all of the company’s software and devices will incorporate Xbox Live.
When we were able to get our hands on an OnLive console, we were impressed but left wanting more games. The console is relatively new on the market and the titles it currently has are unexciting, but if online and digital gaming continues to grow as it has been, we could see big things happening with these types of consoles next year.
According to Electronic Theatre, Microsoft has already reaped some benefits and had success with applications like this in the past, with their Xbox Live Arcade game, Full House Poker, that also works on Windows Phone 7 devices. At the moment these mobile devices allow users to keep track of scores with their gamer profile and avatars and also whilst on the go they can ‘connect and play with friends’ thanks to the built in Xbox Live function. Much more advanced achievements are being planned for the next year with this being seen as ‘a fertile testing ground.’
What do you think of Microsoft’s plans? Would you prefer Xbox Live gaming portal to the OnLive console?