|A Few Clouds (what else would I use?)|
Right, so the announcement by Onlive↑ that they’ll start offering Second Life today in an Open Beta Format in a package called SLGo↑ has been released. Understand this is the FULL Second Life, not a trimmed down, modified version.
Being the technoidiot I am, I had to do a bit of research to try and understand it. I’m not saying I have reached a point of full comprehension, but I know how to find out additional information. More on that down below.
|And a Few More Clouds|
First, Wikipedia tells me that Cloud Gaming involves “direct and on-demand streaming of games onto computers, consoles and mobile devices, similar to video on demand, through the use of a thin client, in which the actual game is stored on the operator’s or game company’s server and is streamed directly to computers accessing the server through the client. This allows access to games without the need of a console and largely makes the capability of the user’s computer unimportant, as the server is the system that is running the processing needs”.
So this means you could stop wishing for a high end gaming computer and use the stream. Residents in the US, Canada, and the UK can sign up for the free Beta↑ now. Other areas will be added by Onlive and you can request notification↑ as they are.
|Apparently we have smog.|
You can use SLGo from mobile devices, desktops, or by using the Onlive micro-console on a TV. Anecdotal evidence I’ve received reported “latency? what latency?”. This makes sense since the software is on the Onlive servers – they’ve clocked 200 FPS at Ultra.
Note that this won’t be free – the Beta period will be used in part, I think, to determine the pricing formula. It’s still bound to be cheaper than buying that shiny new computer!
|Water Vapour with Attitude!|
To get the real skinny on this new access to Second Life, you can watch a live stream of a special edition of Designing Worlds↑ at 2:00 pm this afternoon. If you can make it in there early enough you can be on hand↑ for the discussion. Saffia & Elrik will be talking to Onlive and a Linden – they will also share their own experiences testing SLGo.
PS: A little bird told me that the resident formerly known as Scout Linden is heavily involved in this project and that they have created a support staff of people actually on the ground inworld in Second Life. Cool!
I’d really like to experience 200 FPS at Ultra. :p
|How about … The Sun Starts to Stream Through the Clouds?|