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OnLive games rival 'highest-end PC titles' - EA

Senior VP is a big believer in Cloud gaming

Crysis and Bad Company 2 look just as good on OnLive as they do on the "highest-end PC" according to EA's senior VP Patrick Soderlund.

Talking to CVG, Soderlund said that EA is looking closely at OnLive and other Cloud-gaming systems.

"I personally think it's a brilliant idea as long as it works," he said.

And it does work, according to Soderlund, who's seen OnLive in action and was impressed.


"The thing with that is, it doesn't matter how powerful the game is or what graphics you're running on," he said.

"Everything is handled somewhere else. The stream and the mechanism that controls the stream, that's the problem right now, getting the latency down so that it feels like you're playing on your TV at home rather than a server somewhere else.

"I've tested it myself I've played high-end games like Crysis or Bad Company 2 and they looked exactly like they would do on the highest end PC.

"They still have some minor technical challenges to overcome in terms of transferring data to you to have the same experience but this is very impressive technology and these companies - there are several of them - are on to something really big I think."

Soderlund predicted two years before things like OnLive became mainstream, saying that he expected to see the systems in hotels first.

But can they replace the current breed of console from Sony and Microsoft altogether? Souderlund thinks they need to be taken seriously:

"If I were Sony and Microsoft and I was looking at building a new machine I would absolutely look at options like that for my services for sure, why not?"

The OnLive price and release date was revealed yesterday.