OnLive was one of the pioneers of video game streaming but now it looks like the service is finally calling it quits. As part of a deal with Sony, which has been pushing its own game-streaming service, OnLive will sell all of its assets to Sony and will be essentially killing off all of its current operations. This is both good and bad for current customers, especially bad for those that purchased content through the service.
It was a great attempt, but OnLive has officially announced that it is selling its assets to Sony Computer Entertainment for an undisclosed amount. As part of the deal, OnLive will be winding down its operations into nothing—it is, for all intents, dead. Well. Almost dead. Those who currently subscribe to the game streaming service will no longer be charged going forward, and they’ll be free to play whatever games they’ve purchased up until April 30. That sounds like a fairly generous deal… except any proprietary OnLive hardware that people purchased and used to play said games is now pretty much worthless. That includes the OnLive console, as well as any supplemental OnLive controllers. “OnLive’s hardware does not work with any other platforms. No refunds are available for hardware purchases, unless it was purchased on or after February 1, 2015. If you purchased hardware on or after February 1, 2015, your purchase has been refunded and an email was sent to notify you,” reads OnLive’s “Game Service Shutdown FAQ.”