Sony has today announced that they have acquired the game streaming platform OnLive in order to boost it’s PlayStation Now offering.
“These strategic purchases open up great opportunities for our gamers, and gives Sony a formidable patent portfolio in cloud gaming, it is yet another proof point that demonstrates our commitment to changing the way gamers experience the world of PlayStation.” – Philip Rosenberg, a vice president at Sony Computer Entertainment.
As part of this the company has decided that they will be closing down the cloud gaming service on April 30th, giving players until that date to use up their subscriptions.
This means that existing OnLive subscribers will not be able to access their content from the end of this month, and any full games that they have purchased will not be accessible after that date.
OnLive have also stated that no refunds will be offered for any of the OnLive hardware, that is unless the hardware was purchased on or after February 1st 2015.
Any subscriptions that are renewed or purchased after March 28th will be refunded however.
Alongside that any games that where purchased through the CloudLift service will still be accessible via Steam.
“It is with great sadness that we must bring the OnLive Game Service to a close. Sony is acquiring important parts of OnLive, and their plans don’t include a continuation of the game service in its current form. Your service should continue uninterrupted until April 30, 2015. No further subscription fees will be charged, and you can continue to play all of your games until that date.”
“After April 30, 2015, our data centers will shut down and the service will be offline. All accounts will be closed, and all data deleted including game save data, achievements, and credit card data will be deleted. If you purchased a Steam game from OnLive, that game will still be available on Steam. No refunds will be available for any game purchases, hardware purchases, or subscriptions.” – OnLive FAQ.
This all means that their will only be two major game streaming platforms left, PlayStation Now and Nvidia Grid, forever closing the doors on a project that has already closed before, but never really seen much attention anyway.
As of yet we do not know any financial details on the acquisition, but we will let you know if we find out.
Source: OnLive FAQ