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4:30 PM on 07.03.2013

Sunset Overdrive has an offline single-player mode

While we've only really seen a conceptual trailer for the eye-catching Sunset Overdrive, I'm hopeful this will be a return to form for developer Insomniac Games. It's post-apocalyptic, but not in the usual drab way. Speaking ...

Jordan Devore

11:30 PM on 06.24.2013

Titanfall engineer on using the Xbox Live Cloud

Microsoft has been pushing the "infinite power of the cloud" hard with its Xbox One, perhaps partially to make up for the technological advantage held by Sony's PS4 specs, or maybe just for the sake of buzzwords. If they repe...

Steven Hansen

8:00 PM on 06.24.2013

MS spending $700M on servers because the cloud demands it

Microsoft has promised 300,000 servers dedicated to supporting Xbox Live on the Xbox One, and it looks like Iowa will be the home to a sizable chunk of them. Of course, it won't come cheap. Microsoft is putting almost $700 mi...

Brett Makedonski

11:00 AM on 05.27.2013

Blow: Microsoft's lying about Xbox One cloud power

Microsoft has been making a big deal about the "infinite power of the cloud," claiming it'll make the Xbox One more powerful, with enhanced, superior games. Jonathan Blow, the man behind Braid and The Witness, disagrees, goin...

Jim Sterling

1:45 PM on 04.03.2013

Start playing TERA: Rising sooner with data streaming

On-demand cloud gaming provider Happy Cloud and En Masse Entertainment have teamed up to offer faster access to TERA: Rising. Players can now check out the free-to-play MMORPG without going through the typical installation pr...

Jordan Devore

9:30 PM on 03.21.2013

Sony partners with Unity for PS4, Vita, cloud, and more

A new strategic partnership between Sony Computer Entertainment and Unity means we're going to be seeing a lot more of the popular game engine on PlayStation hardware. Beyond the current support for PlayStation 3, this arrang...

Jordan Devore





5:53 PM on 02.20.2013

PS4 has cloud-based backwards compatibility

Backwards compatibility of some kind has always been a feature of PlayStation platforms since the PS2. The PS2 could play PS1 games and for a solid chunk of time the PS3 could play both PS2 and PS1 games. The PS4 is set to ha...

Josh Tolentino

5:33 PM on 02.20.2013

Gaikai CEO announces instant streaming through the PS4

David Perry, CEO of Gaikai, and winner of the "sharpest suit of the night" award, took the stage tonight to give us some more news on the PlayStation 4. Perry boasts that through the power of Gaikai, the PlayStation Network w...

Chris Carter

7:09 PM on 02.15.2013

WSJ says that next PlayStation will stream PS3 games

Whatever this next PlayStation system is will stream PS3 games via Gaikai technology, says a WSJ source (subscription required). Remember when Sony bought Gaikai? This is what they were planning, it seems. Backwards...

Dale North

12:48 PM on 02.07.2013

Gabe Newell is a skeptic of cloud gaming

Valve's Gabe Newell gave us his thoughts on cloud gaming this morning at his D.I.C.E. Summit keynote, saying that he's a skeptic of the technology. While he backs in-home streaming as a solution for getting PC games on living...

Dale North

10:15 AM on 02.05.2013

Nintendo: Cloud gaming is not the future

Those no-good kids, with their hula hoops and their clouds. Back in my day, there was only one Cloud in gaming, and he carried a sword twice his height like a real man does. New technology confuses and angers me, and you bett...

Jim Sterling

12:30 PM on 01.07.2013

CES: Nvidia shows off its cloud gaming hardware, GRID

Can you tell it's CES week? In addition to Nvidia's Project SHIELD handheld, the company has shared further details on its cloud gaming initiative. While they aren't releasing a product that consumers will be able to directly...

Jordan Devore

12:30 PM on 12.05.2012

Dragon Quest X on Wii U will use cloud saves

Worried about storage space? Don't be. The latest Nintendo Direct tells us that Dragon Quest X will use the cloud to hold saves for this MMO, according to Inside Games. So, no messing with silly external USB storage, especially for those that have the 8GB standard Wii U system. A new Japanese trailer also surfaced from this morning's event. It looks beautiful! Enjoy.

Dale North

7:00 PM on 11.15.2012

OnLive cloud gaming service built into LG television sets

LG and OnLive announced this morning that the LG Smart TV with Google TV built in will now see integration from OnLive's streaming gaming service. This means instant cloud gaming, straight from the television, ...

Dale North



Watch ads to earn playtime on Square Enix's cloud service photo
Watch ads to earn playtime on Square Enix's cloud service
by Dale North

Coreonline, a new cloud gaming service announced by Square Enix this morning, puts HD games in your browser, letting you play console games in your PC. A combination of Google and Square Enix tech, developed by Hapti.co,  makes it possible to get your game in in Chrome, Firefox and IE. I tried it in Safari and it told me to go home (or use Chrome).

With Coreonline you'll be able to click on a level and start playing instantly, from any part of the game you'd like. Saves and achievements are stored in the cloud, and are accessible from any browser.

It launches with Hitman: Blood Money and Mini Ninjas. Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light will come in October. Titles Tomb Raider: Underworld and Gyromancer are currently in development, and more titles will be made available next year.

What's odd about this service is that playtime can be earned by watching advertisements. For example, watching the first ad for the Hitman title gives you 10 minutes of gameplay. The FAQ says that you'll normally earn 20 minutes of play time for each minute spent watching ads. Weird, right? The business model has it to where if you want to skip ads, you'll need to purchase levels or even entire games. 

If you don't mind watching some ads, check out the beta site now.

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12:00 PM on 08.20.2012

OnLive: Games, products, and services to remain available

One of the concerns people rightfully have with digital distribution services is whether or not they will retain their purchases if the company overseeing the platform closes. That was one of my first thoughts upon hearing Fr...

Jordan Devore