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CES: OnLive's 'sneaky truth'
CES: OnLive's 'sneaky truth' Exclusive
January 10, 2012 | By Kris Graft




It might seem odd that cloud gaming company OnLive, known best for its video game efforts, would seemingly all of a sudden turn to business and productivity software, with the announcement that it would stream Microsoft's Windows to iPad and other connected devices through the OnLive Desktop app.

But in reality, OnLive’s just coming full circle. Company CEO Steve Perlman told Gamasutra at CES in Las Vegas this week that the OnLive Desktop is “not a major new effort,” necessarily.

“So here’s the sneaky truth," he explained. "We launched the first version of [OnLive] Desktop white-labeled with Autodesk, before we launched the games service, as sort of a pilot."

The strategy sheds a bit more light on why Autodesk is one of OnLive's major investors. "They were using it with Autodesk Labs, so you could go and try out the next year’s version of these very high-end visualization applications. … It was a good thing for us try out in stealth mode the OnLive games service in the real world, before we released it for gaming, which obviously has much more extreme demands.”

But in the end, OnLive’s business is still mainly focused on games, he said. “It’s still mostly games, in the sense that that’s what we’re set up to do. We’ve always had Windows running on most of these servers. So what we’re doing is now exposing the desktop that’s underneath all these games.”

Gamasutra will have more from Perlman tomorrow, as well as David Perry, head of streaming game firm Gaikai.


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Rodolfo Rosini
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It does not seem odd. They're just looking to pivot into something that can bring revenues since the game streaming business is not exactly booming, at least not at a $1bn valuation.

Chris Hill
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Everybody drink, he said pivot!! :D

Paul Szczepanek
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Mainframes and thin clients are the future, I tell you. Or is that the past? Often get the two mixed up.

Jamie Mann
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That's because it's both ;)

David Holmin
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Does this even work well? I imagine the latency would be really bad since it consists of both input lag to the server, and output lag to the end display device.

Steven An
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You know you can just try it right? It's actually out..working..shipped. Just try it.

Kevin Alexander
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Theirs already several apps that are cheap or free that do this. They actually work very well.



Can view flash etc. with them, or certain comic reader services that are not offered on IOS yet. I've been quite satisfied with the tech.

Adam Greenblum
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Another option for accessing Windows applications from iPads is Ericom AccessNow, a pure HTML5 RDP client that enables iPad users to connect to any RDP host, including Terminal Server (RDS Session Host), physical desktops or VDI virtual desktops – and run their applications and desktops in a browser.



Ericom‘s AccessNow does not require Java, Flash, Silverlight, ActiveX, or any other underlying technology to be installed on end-user devices – an HTML5 browser is all that is required.



You can choose to run a full Windows desktop or just a specific Windows app, and that desktop or Windows app will appear within a browser tab.



For more info, and to download a demo, visit:

http://www.ericom.com/html5_rdp_client.asp?URL_ID=708



Note: I work for Ericom


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