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OnLive cloud-based gaming system to hit UK on September 22

Gamers will be able to rent titles or buy unlimited use

OnLive, the cloud-based gaming service that is already available in the US, will hit the UK on September 22.

The gaming service can be accessed via a PC, Mac, iPad or Android tablet with internet access and allows users to play well-known titles such as Assassin's Creed and Lego Batman without the need for a console or to download the game first. Furthermore, the service also offers a set-top box and controller that can be plugged into HD TV and broadband connection to offer the same experience.

The service will be free to join and then gamers can choose between 'renting' games for a specified period of time or purchasing unlimited access to the same titles. OnLive will also offer a monthly subscription service that gives unlimited access to a portion of its games catalogue.

The games are stored on OnLive's servers and with the action being streamed in real-time.

UK pricing has yet to be revealed. In the US a three-day game rental costs $5.99 (£3.70) while unlimited gaming of one title ranges between $20 (£12.35) and $60 (£37). The monthly subscription costs $9.99 (£6.20) and the set-top box and controller for HD TVs is priced at $99 (£61).

"OnLive will utterly transform gaming in the UK," said OnLive founder and CEO Steve Perlman.

"No discs, big downloads or specialised hardware needed. OnLive gives you the latest games instantly, anytime, anywhere on HDTV, PC, Mac, as well as iPad, Android tablets. High-performance gaming as accessible as streaming video, with unique social features such as massive spectating with voice chat and Facebook integration."

In the US, the gaming firm recommends a minimum broadband speed to 2Mbps but it has not specified a minimum net connection for UK residents yet.

OnLive also said BT would be its "exclusive broadband partner in the UK". Further details about the partnership will be announced in the near future.


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