Dell Inc. said Tuesday that it's working closely with OnLive Inc., a pioneer of on-demand instant play video games, to power its game service, which launches Thursday.
Dell Data Solutions has been helping OnLive for several years to custom-design servers tailored for the OnLive platform, enabling the company to quickly expand with the growth of its customer base.
"As a startup, it can be challenging to access the resources needed to produce and quickly scale computing infrastructure," said Steve Perlman, founder and CEO of OnLive in a statement. He noted that Dell has worked closely with its engineers to design servers to the company's exact specifications and business needs, incorporating patented and patent-pending OnLive technology.
OnLive, unveiled a little more than a year ago with much fanfare, embraces cloud computing, in which software runs on a computer elsewhere, not on the player's own PC or game console. That means players can buy or rent games with even older, less powerful computers and Macs and without owning such consoles as the Xbox 360 or the PlayStation 3.