I've kind of been perusing the information about the OnLive service since they revealed their intentions last year. For those who've never heard of it, OnLive user server farms across the country to run popular games and stream the Audio/Video to a PC/Mac client. They've got a "micro console" you can hook up to your HDTV coming out soon. The thinking is this kind of service would allow you to run high end games at high resolutions and max specs on Netbook-level machines. The plan is to charge people a monthly fee for access, then you can "purchase" games to play for a few day at around 6-7 bucks all the way to "lifetime access" to a title at up to 60 bucks.
Of course, the broadband requirements are pretty high (5mb/sec iirc) and I don't care what they claim... there HAS to be some latency involved. But the service popped in my head while I was reading the forum tonight and one of the few genres that could forgive a fraction of a second delay due to lag would be MMOs. A quick Google search turned up this interview where one of the executives specifically mentions talks between them and some MMO developers about integrating their games onto the service. In fact, he talks about how their service might not make much sense for WoW, due to extremely modest PC requirements, but how much they could offer for a high end MMO.
Now, that isn't to say XIV IS coming to the service. I wouldn't even mention it without hearing something more firm regarding plans to bring it on board, but it appears that the OnLive service is waiving their monthly fee (14.95 a month?!?!) for the first year for "founding members" that sign up by July 15th. There doesn't appear to be any requirement to buy or contract to sign if you do sign up (if its even available yet in your area). I also noticed SE is listed among their Content Partners, so it stands to reason that SE has made SOME sort of agreement to bring SOME of their titles to the service... eventually.
Now, like the title suggests, this is a complete shot in the dark, and I certainly don't want anyone to rest their hopes on this. But I figured for those not likely to have a proper PC in place by release, it is a low risk proposition to get a free account before the 15th, and keep your fingers crossed.
Edited, Jul 5th 2010 5:21am by ascorbic