Sony buys OnLive patents, streaming service closing April 30

OnLive logoOnLive, an online game streaming service, is closing down at the end of this month, after selling its patent collection to Sony. The haul of 140 US and international patents will be picked up to help Sony improve its own rival PlayStation Now streaming service, with the shutdown of OnLive servers on April 30 effectively ending the troubled streaming company's existence.

TechCrunch reports that, though the service has 80 employees, it is unclear if any will be making the transition to Sony along with the patents.

Sony buys OnLive patents, streaming service closing April 30

The service initially launched in 2010, providing customers with the ability to play games on its cloud servers via streaming video, allowing underpowered systems to be able to play games at a higher quality. Running through apps on desktop and mobile, as well as its own MicroConsole, the service struggled to find its feet, laying off its entire staff in 2012 and causing HTC to lose $40 million in investments. OnLive continued to survive, with assets sold to a venture capitalist for under $5 million the same year, followed by an attempted relaunch last year and the creation of the CloudLift Enterprise service.

OnLive's main competitor throughout was Gaikai, which launched at roughly the same time. Gaikai seemingly fared better, being bought by Sony in 2012 for $380 and used to power PlayStation Now, a system that worked under the same cloud gaming concept, but streamed games solely to Sony game consoles.

According to the support pages, PlayPass games on the service will not be available on OnLive after April 30, with save data and achievements being deleted unless it was stored on CloudLift, in which case it passes over to Steam. Refunds are not being provided to customers who bought PC games via OnLive so that they could play it on a Mac, but they will continue to own the Steam version. Refunds are being given for hardware purchases, but only for those bought on or after February 1.

Source: Electronista

Tags: OnLive, Sony

Add comment

Your name:
Sign in with:
Your comment:

Enter code:

E-mail (not required)
E-mail will not be disclosed to the third party

Last news

Consumer group recommends iPhone 8 over anniversary model
LTE connections wherever you go and instant waking should come to regular PCs, too
That fiction is slowly becoming a reality
The Snapdragon 845 octa-core SoC includes the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem
Human moderators can help make YouTube a safer place for everyone
Google says Progressive Web Apps are the future of app-like webpages
All 2018 models to sport the 'notch'
The biggest exchange in South Korea, where the BTC/KRW pair is at $14,700 now
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Review
The evolution of the successful smartphone, now with a waterproof body and USB Type-C
February 7, 2017 /
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S - a tablet with the Windows-keyboard
The first Windows-tablet with the 12-inch display Super AMOLED
June 7, 2016 /
Keyboards for iOS
Ten iOS keyboards review
July 18, 2015 /
Samsung E1200 Mobile Phone Review
A cheap phone with a good screen
March 8, 2015 / 4
Creative Sound Blaster Z sound card review
Good sound for those who are not satisfied with the onboard solution
September 25, 2014 / 2
Samsung Galaxy Gear: Smartwatch at High Price
The first smartwatch from Samsung - almost a smartphone with a small body
December 19, 2013 /

News Archive



Do you use microSD card with your phone?
or leave your own version in comments (4)