Update of the OnLive MicroConsole & Phantom Lapboard
Well the first thing I found out was that FPS games are darn hard however I am digging URIII. Secondly the more I use Onlive & my computer on the flat screen the more convinced I am in our Phantom Lapboard solution. I like to sit on the couch and switch from TV, OnLive & my computer. I’m also a cyclist so anytime I can get my feet up on the couch really helps during the heavy training. Thus hanging back on the sofa and being able to use all my media devices is very very cool!
The use of a mouse, for me at least, works much better than a touch pad or keyboard short cuts. Now that I am doing some couch Gaming I also see how important a mouse is as well. I like to find unique positions which I can relax my legs but still have the Lapboard fitted for responsive Gaming, here lies the real value in our multi-level/position input device.
Again expect Onlive to delve into streaming movies and hopefully bring a browser too. The games play very well on the OnLive real-time network, the only problems I had were with my own IPS during the days running up to Christmas when bandwidth was super crowded. I would like to blame my poor Gaming skills on something other than me but truth be told…I kinda suck right now.
The good news is I have a comfortable way to get better at couch Gaming with the Phantom Lapboard and the super cool and affordable OnLive MicroConsole!
I received my OnLive MicroConsole yesterday and thought I would document the set up / usage of their product and system. We have a whopper of a flat screen and I have been wanting to set up some kind of IPTV/HTPC configuration for testing with Phantom Lapboard. We use Verizon as our ISP & Cable service and also have a very cool stereo/digital receiver which has be vastly underused…plus my kids keep asking what do those funny looking keyboards we have everywhere really do.
So I unboxed the OnLive MicroConsole and was pleasantly surprised how small and basic the components were. When I walked into Best Buy to look at the GTV Revue I was a little worried about the setting up of a second Set-Top Box for a average consumer. We now have all invested in large flat screen that may not have the easy access to the HDMI inputs and worse now have the long HDMI cables running thru the walls back to the Cable Box. For us techies or even enthusiasts we will figure out a way to hook up the new technology however the average (80%) consumer will not adopt this new IPTV service if they can’t set it up easily. The point I am making; the OnLive MicroConsole is VERY easy to set up and the instructions are printed on a double sided flash card which is a diagram NOT 30 pages of text.
If your house is not rigged with a built in LAN as most of us have our wireless routed you will definitely need to run a wire from the router or have the ISP do it for you at a cost. Using a Wireless Bridge would work for just fine for browsing but add Gaming / Movies might stress a standard wireless router during the evening internet rush hours. I follow with what I set up; our receiver has 3 HMDI Inputs so I have Cable, OnLive & a computer linked with the single Outgoing HDMI headed to the flat screen which is already running thru the walls.
The Phantom Lapboard synced immediately as did the Onlive Gaming Controller. Now as I have been saying for years, the consumer needs a fully functional KBM combo on the couch for IPTV. Many of the Games (PC Games) on the OnLive system need a keyboard & mouse and using the coffee table just aint gonna cut it. I was able to use the Phantom Lapboard in any position especially putting my feet up & sitting back. Now, OnLive will evolve to an IPTV connector too which makes the Phantom Lapboard even more appealing.
My kids sat eagerly waiting for the Games to begin, once we had everything set up they were off and running; a nice feature was the Free Trial period on each game. So far I am truly enjoying the OnLive MicroConsole and super happy to finally get my flat screen to function as an IPTV with the Lapboard.
“Next up, courtesy of the fine folks at Phantom Entertainment is their very cool Phantom Lapboard. Our very own Mikinho reviewed this bad boy back in July and he has admitted to me that it’s his favorite keyboard/mouse device he’s ever used.”
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