One more game device (but this one's tiny)

by bharathi 2010-12-01 10:51:03

One more game device (but this one's tiny)

With Microsoft's Xbox 360, Nintendo's Wii and Sony's PlayStation 3 duking it out for dominance of the video game console market, can there possibly be any room for yet another machine?

Steve Perlman, a well-known Silicon Valley inventor and entrepreneur, thinks there is. His strategy is to make a game system without game discs.

His OnLive game service works by keeping all of its games in the cloud. Consumers can stream the games to their PCs after installing a browser plug-in. Starting in December, users will be able to stream games to their televisions using a $99 box not much bigger than a cigarette package that taps a high-speed Internet connection, the company said two weeks ago.

OnLive faces considerable obstacles. Working against it are an initially limited inventory of games, a well-established console business run by corporations with deep pockets and a resistance among consumers to add one more box to their home entertainment systems.

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