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OnLive's Cloud-Based Game Console Ships Dec 2

OnLive Inc., the company responsible for the on-demand, instant-play gaming service for PC and Mac, said on Thursday that its dedicated gaming system is now available for pre-order. Delivery is expected to begin on December 2.

The OnLive Game System will allow gamers to enjoy the cloud-based service without the need to hook up a PC or Mac to the living room TV. This also means Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony now have a new opponent in the gaming arena, a competitive device that doesn't require discs, downloads or updates.

"The sleek, pocket-sized OnLive MicroConsole TV adapter, backed by high-performance Internet-based (cloud) game servers, delivers an unprecedented gaming experience, launching top-tier games in seconds instead of the minutes they take to start on high-end consoles or PCs," the company said. "Whether players are checking out a demo, joining a premium multiplayer game or watching people from around the world play games live, with the OnLive Game System it’s as effortless--and as fast--as changing channels."

The OnLive Game System will come packed with the OnLive MicroConsole TV adapter, the OnLive Wireless Controller, a power adapter, an HDMI cable, an Ethernet cable, and a controller sync cable. There will also be an optional mouse and keyboard available to purchase as well as the OnLive Component Video Adapter for non-HDMI connectivity.

As for games, OnLive will provide more than 35 titles to demo, rent and own at launch including Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition, Just Cause 2, Mafia ll, NBA 2K11, Shaun White Skateboarding and many more. The games can also be played on the PC and Mac via a browser plug-in.

"OnLive users can test-drive any game for free, and then keep playing by instantly converting to a 3-day or 5-day rental or a Full PlayPass," the company said. "With rentals from $3.99 to $8.99 and Full PlayPass options from $4.99 to $49.99, OnLive offers a wide range of games, from creative indie titles to top-tier premium titles released the same day as consoles."

As a special holiday promotion, the company is offering a bundle of the OnLive Game System along with any OnLive game for free for only $99. To learn more, head here.

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