Cloud gaming service goes live in the US, having forged key partnerships with the publisher community

OnLive launches today

OnLive, the cloud based gaming platform, is now open for business in the US, after organisers announced a string of further partnerships at this year’s E3 in LA.

The firm also detailed an important partnership with Dell. The hardware vendor will provide OnLive with specialised servers to handle the streaming service, and will produce more as and when required to keep up with demand.

The OnLive system processes games content on external servers, and streams an image feed directly through to a TV or computer, negating the need for a console or high powered gaming rig in the house.

As broken by PCR earlier this year, the system is expected to launch in the UK ‘before the end of 2011’. BT has signed an exclusive deal with OnLive to distribute the service here with broadband bundles. It will also be made available to PlusNet and existing broadband customers.

PCR’s sister site MCV reports from E3 that publishers Square-Enix, Sega, Capcom and Konami Digital Entertainment have added their weight to the list of 25 publishers supporting the platform – including Electronic Arts, Take Two Interactive Software, THQ, Ubisoft and Warner Bros.

As of today, OnLive’s available portfolio includes Assassin’s Creed II, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Borderlands, Dragon Age: Origins, Just Cause 2, Mass Effect 2, NBA 2K10, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction.

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