OnLive

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Want to play the latest high-end PC games on your TV, PC or Mac, instantly? Well, this winter you will be able to. A company called OnLive is trying to change PC gaming as we know it. What is it? It’s a tiny device that streams games straight to you through your broadband internet connection. All you need is the Onlive console and a subscription, then you are ready to play. Which means, no more having to upgrade that pesky PC.

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HOW IT WORKS:

OnLive takes the hassle out of PC gaming. All of the action happens elsewhere, OnLive runs the games on their own servers. They handle everything from installation on their own hard drives, drivers, compatibility to, well, you name it. I understand that their hardware is more powerful than any existing console on the market. Every six months they will upgrade to keep up with today’s hardware changes.All of this makes it easier than ever before.

Plug and play

Just plug the OnLive Mini-Console into your TV, PC or Mac and begin playing. Oh, and your broadband connection, this is one of the most important parts. Anyway, playing a game is instant, all you need to do is select the game demo or the full game and that’s it. Downloads are at blazing speeds, OnLive is supposed to be faster than anything that we’ve ever seen before. No more waiting, YAY!

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THE HARDWARE:

The OnLive console is small enough to fit in your pocket. Which makes it very easy to take anywhere. It has two USB ports, that will support a keyboard and mouse if you choose, or any controller that you desire. A Micro-USB power in, Video/Audio out, an Ethernet port, S/PDIF optical out and is able to use up to four wireless controllers and four bluetooth headsets. There is also a Wireless pairing button and comes with it’s own wireless gamepad, similar to the Xbox 360’s controller.

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The controllers layout is the same as an Xbox 360’s gamepad, as I said before. There is a button that lets you capture Brag Clips, these are clips of your best gaming moments to show off to others. Plus, there are buttons for media controls. The best thing is being able to use your own controller. It says any controller will work, so, I’m guessing that this will include accessible ones too. If not, maybe and hopefully they will install drivers for that device, if yours requires one. They say that the controls work by, “instantly sending your controller actions upstream and the results back downstream at blinding fast speeds”.

I also mentioned being able to use a keyboard and mouse. This gives you even more control options, you should be able to set your own keyboard, mouse and controller mappings.

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ACCESSIBILITY:

This new service is not going to make any achievments in accessibily, like the other consoles. You must admit, it is a cool idea. If we can stay on OnLive, I mean bug the heck out of them until they give in, maybe they will design accessible devices for us. Getting them and everyone else to consider accessibility is always a good idea. I will look deeper into the company and get more information. Hopefully, I can get an interview with someone and talk to them about this issue.

CONCLUSION:

I am looking forward to trying it out, the idea is really cool and interesting. The OnLive service looks to be viable and promising. At the moment, there is no pricing information for the OnLive Mini-Console, or, what the monthly subscription is going to cost. We will know later down the road on that. The release date is going to be this Winter, could it be Christmas? Who knows. They haven’t even begun Beta Testing with the public yet. If you would like to try to become a Beta Tester, just go here.

Links:
OnLive http://www.onlive.com/index.html

EmotivEPOC Demo

On Dec. 12th, Tan Le, co-founder and president of Emotiv Systems, gave a live demonstration of their new neuro-device the EmotivEPOC at The Entertainment Gathering 2008 in Monterey, CA. This device looks much more comfortable than the Neural Impulse Actuator. Plus, it seems to have a few more features and it’s wireless. It is due to release sometime in ’09 and yes, I’ve reserved mine.

Here is the video:
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Mass Effect Realesed Today; Age Of Conan; Latest Development On The NIA

Today is the release of Mass Effect for the PC. The game has been available for the Xbox 360 since November of ’07. I will be downloading my copy ASAP, when I’m finished playing I will give you my opinion of the game as always.

I am thinking about getting Age Of Conan: Hyborian Adventures but I am still undecided. If they had a trial it would be great, then it would make it easier to decide. World Of Warcraft doesn’t really do anything for me, I just can’t get into it. As I said before, I used to play Star Wars Galaxies but the developers have turned the game into crap. If you have ever played it then you know what I am talking about. Anyway, I will wait just a little longer.

It looks as though the Neural Impulse Actuator is closer to being shipped to retail stores. OCZ Technology has added the NIA to their web sites products list. They have also posted more detailed information on their forums at http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=38413.

Neural Impulse Actuator Update

Another update on the  (NIA), It is now available for pre-order in the UK. At Play.com, they have a release date of April 21st. I understand that OCZ is aiming to have the first batch in stock in about 2 weeks but the date from Play.com could be the closest for the release. I finally got a call back from OCZ and guess what? I missed it, LOL. I will return their call today and find out when we get it in the U.S.?

NIA Price Confirmed; EPOC Correction

Another update on the Neural Impulse Actuator. The price has been confirmed, it will only cost $159. At this price they will probably sell a lot more to gamers, let’s hope that it works great. In an article from TG Daily it was said by Ryan Peterson, co-founder and CEO of OCZ Technology, “We want people to buy the thing, not to just look at it and think that they cannot afford it,” and another thing that makes me feel good about OCZ, “We don’t care about making money off it, we care about making people love it,”. I just wish that they would confirm the release day, I want one now. I know, I know, I’m impatient but sometimes I can’t help it, LOL.

I need to make a correction on Emotiv’s EPOC, I showed a picture of the device that was a a prototype. Here is a picture of the actual device:
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It looks like a Headcrab or something but it does seem more appealing than the prototype.

OCZ Technology Group Readies Neural Impulse Actuator For Shipment Next Week

This is very exciting news for gamers with and without disabilities around the world. The Neural Impulse Actuator (NIA) in my opinion is going to change the future of gaming. OCZ will be demoing the device at CeBit 2008, March 4th-8th. The same place where they debuted a prototype in 2007. They are going to begin taking orders at CeBit for the NIA. I am seeing two prices being listed, $300 and $600 but which one is correct? I’m guessing the latter , we will find out tomorrow or today depending on where you live. No matter the price, I will be buying one. In the morning I will call OCZ here in California to see if we can start placing orders in the U.S. too. After I purchase one expect a review from me very soon.

More Info:
Overclock3D.Net
OCZ Technology Group
CeBit 2008