A few new documents have appeared on the net which show that Microsoft was planning to buy OnLive in 2010.
For those who don’t know what OnLive is,
“OnLive is a very famous games streaming service. It offers a cloud gaming platform and a cloud desktop solution. Both offerings are synchronized, rendered, and stored on remote servers and delivered via the Internet.
The gaming platform is available using the OnLive Game System, PCs running Microsoft Windows (XP, Vista, Windows 7), Intel-based Macs with Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later, Android devices and iOS devices. Since the games are rendered on OnLive’s servers, a low-end computer may be used to play any kind of game as long as it is able to play video.
For that reason, the service is being seen as a competitor for the console market. All games on the service are available in 720p format. OnLive recommends an Internet connection of 5 Mbit/s or faster, and a 2 Mbit/s connection meets the minimum system requirements.”. Wikipedia explains.
Actually, Microsoft was considering OnLive a potential threat to Xbox 720.
So they were considering OnLive a “potential acquisition target” way back in 2010.
In 2010 OnLive wasn’t that famous. They even did not have the variety of hardware available which is available today. So an acquisition would be way more costly than it would have been in 2010.
“According to notes on the downloadable version of the presentation on Scribd (not in the online version), Microsoft considered OnLive a “potential acquisition target” for these reasons. All signs point to this being written in August 2010, well before OnLive expanded its hardware line and signed its deal with smart TV provider LG, so any buyout today would take place in a very different landscape”. The Verge reported.
At present OnLive is one of the most famous online game streaming services. They have a great lineup of hardware.
So, now if Microsoft are planning to buy OnLive, they will have to spend a hefty sum.