GameSpot Launches On-Demand, Instant-Play Game Demos
Powered by OnLive, Game Demos Change the Way Gamers Discover, Evaluate and Play Games with the Ability to Instantly Demo a Game Directly from GameSpot
GameSpot Content, Including Game Reviews, News and Videos, Now Integrated into the OnLive Platform
SAN FRANCISCO & PALO ALTO, Calif. – Aug. 30, 2011 – GameSpot today announced it is changing the way gamers discover, evaluate and play games with the ability to instantly demo games directly from the GameSpot game pages, resulting in a try-before-you-buy experience. Powered by OnLive, the on-demand, instant-play demos give gamers access to over 100 games and are playable within seconds, merging the process of learning about a game with the experience of actually playing it.
“For as long as video games have existed, consumers have sought out information that helps them make smart purchases and get the most out of their gaming experience,” said Simon Whitcombe, Vice President, Games, CBS Interactive. “Now, the next big innovation is here: merging the editorial with the experiential. By making demos available from our game pages, GameSpot is now the ultimate one-stop destination for gamers to read reviews, news, watch videos, and actually try out the latest games.”
“By integrating OnLive-powered instant game demos, GameSpot has deepened its user experience and further distinguished itself as a premiere gaming destination,” said OnLive Vice President of Games John Spinale. “We streamline the process of sampling a game, making it an integral part of discovery and evaluation by the GameSpot reader—not a disjointed one that forces the customer to go down to the store or wait several hours for something to download to their hard drive.”
Game demos are available instantly, without any cumbersome downloads or credit card data. A sampling of the OnLive game demos available now on GameSpot include:
- Homefront Large-Scale Warfare Multiplayer
- Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction
- FEAR 3 Multiplayer
- Duke Nukem Forever
- Just Cause 2
- Batman: Arkham Asylum
- Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
In addition, GameSpot video content such as game reviews and in-depth interviews will be included in the OnLive platform, providing OnLive users with a trusted point of view as they go through their own discovery process. The enhancements are part of OnLive’s continuing efforts to provide players with the fastest, most convenient and most advanced gaming platform in the world, seamlessly integrated into their overall gaming experience.
OnLive is the pioneer of on-demand, instant-play video game services, delivering real-time interactive experiences and rich media through the Internet. With groundbreaking video compression technology, OnLive harnesses cloud computing to provide the power and intelligence needed to instantly deliver the latest, premium game titles to any HDTV via the OnLive Game System or nearly any PC and Mac via a small browser download. The OnLive Viewer app is available for the iPad and Android tablets and playable versions will be available soon. OnLive is currently available in North America, and will be available in the UK and expanding into Europe later this year. OnLive technology is backed by hundreds of patents and patents pending. The company is headquartered in Palo Alto, California. OnLive investors include Warner Bros., Autodesk, Maverick Capital, AT&T, British Telecommunications (BT), The Belgacom Group, HTC and Juniper Networks. More information is available at www.onlive.com and www.onlive.co.uk.
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