July 27th 2009 8:08 pm

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conclusion:We're mixed

78 March 17th 2012 12:26 pm

Online's cloud-based, take-anywhere system may represent the future of gaming, and prices for the console and games are reasonable. But it still needs more games to compete with your Xbox 360 or PS3.

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$139.98

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Critic reviews

7.4
7 reviews
  • Game library
    6.6
  • Graphics
    7.4
  • Controller(s)
    7.1
  • Design and form factor
    8.3
  • Other features (media, online, etc.)
    7.5
  • Noise
    10

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User reviews

7.7
7 reviews
8.0
Engadget Dec 16, 2010

The OnLive Game System isn't for everyone, particularly folks who are cheap ... If, however, you're an early adopter with an eye for quality hardware, a killer internet connection and your head literally in the cloud, $99 is a fantastic price for a taste of the future.

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8.0
CNET Dec 13, 2010

As a $99 content-streaming set-top box, OnLive's MicroConsole offers an intriguing low-cost alternative to traditional living-room game consoles--if you have enough bandwidth.

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8.0
Wired Jun 2, 2011

In my opinion, the OnLive Game System has excellent hardware components, good functionality and an attractive design. Given a baseline 4 Mbps connection speed, latency will not be a major problem. OnLive offers an attractive offering in the new world of cloud gaming for those who are looking for a...

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7.0
Joystiq Nov 18, 2010

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the MicroConsole to those who don't already have an HD console, aren't keen to play the games the service offers via PC/Mac, or are PC gamers who have grown just plain tired of upgrading for each major new release.

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6.0
PC Mag Jul 20, 2011

The OnLive MicroConsole offers genuine cloud-based gaming for a reasonable price, and it really works. But some flaws hold it back from being a true replacement for your home game console or high-end gaming PC.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Oct 11, 2011

For the purist who wants the best in graphics or the biggest selection of titles, then stick with the PC or console. If you are willing to experiment, like casual gaming or don't mind which format you play on, provided the games themselves are good, then OnLive is for you.

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7.0
TechRadar Oct 4, 2011

OnLive is an impressive glimpse into the future of gaming. It's not perfect, but it is far from the laggy-monster we feared. For casual gamers this is a very real option.

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9.0
punkduck2064 punkduck2064

I realized that the last review for the OnLive MicroConsole was written over a year ago and felt that it was time for a re-evaluation. As sup909 indicated in his review, it is impossible to judge this gadget without reviewing the Onlive service. Over the last year, Onlive has doubled their...

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9.0
nikobe nikobe

Opening the box you find an amazing well packaged device that unlike ps3/xbox comes with all the cables you need (inc a HDMI cable). The console is silent and runs fairly cool even after hours of play so none of the worry it will melt like a 360 after extended play sessions. I'm not reviewing the...

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7.0
sup909 sup909

Reviewing the micro-console is rather difficult without reviewing the service itself. The hardware is essentially a video streamer for the Onlive service. On the whole the hardware appears to be incredibly well built. It is small and very solid and it feels as if I could throw it against a wall...

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8.0
cdpinker cdpinker

This review is taken from my blog (http://blog.charlespinker.com/2011/10/15/onlive-g... Short version - If you can live without some of the major games, appreciate the benefits (and drawbacks) of not owning physical media, and have decent broadband, then this console is...

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