OnLive

OnLive

Stream games to your Mac

OnLive is a streaming cloud gaming service. View full description

PROS

  • Lots of games
  • Simple and easy interface
  • Supports older hardware

CONS

  • Requires internet connection
  • Quality varies a lot

Excellent
9

OnLive is a streaming cloud gaming service.

Allowing you to play the latest games through OnLive’s client over a wired or wireless internet connection, OnLive is a great tool for gamers who don’t have the latest and greatest hardware in their computers.

Setup is easy. Download the install client and in a few minutes you will have access to OnLive’s library of games. After creating an account, you have access to different levels of games. Some games have free timed trials and 3-day, 5-day, and full access versions. The limited access versions are similar to rentals, and the full access is normally the same price as purchasing the game.

Games through OnLive are played through a client, so OnLive’s servers perform all the work and the game is streamed to your computer. Quality varies based on the internet connection, but most games look above average. The native resolution on the monitor plays a big part in the quality of the streaming game.

Controls are performed through a connected gamepad or with game-specific keyboard controls. Some play better with a controller. For example, games like first person shooters work better with the keyboard.

While the quality of the games depends on the internet connection, there was no noticeable lag during gameplay. With OnLive access only required through a client, it is possible to play on multiple computers just by accessing with your account.

OnLive is a great option for gamers who want to play games anywhere.