Steve Perlman, CEO of OnLive, has announced that beta testing is now underway
for the cloud gaming service that aims to take the processing burden for cutting-edge games off a player's computer
and use remote servers instead. Reaction to this service and competitor GaiKai has been interest tempered with skepticism
, but users can now sign up
to test it themselves and see if the reality matches the hype. There will be hardware and connectivity restrictions to start: "When you sign up for OnLive Beta, you tell us some general information about your ISP, your computer configuration and your location. We use this information to organize Beta testers into test groups so that our engineering team can focus at different times on testing different situations. If you are a potential fit for a particular test group, we'll send you an invitation email, asking you to run a detailed Performance Test on your network connection and your computer configuration."