However, even though many are excited about these new software developments, the new hardware announced at GDC had even more people buzzing. There were two new consoles announced at this year's GDC, Zeebo 3G and OnLive.
Zeebo 3G is a lower-end console that uses technology from the last generation, making it affordable for emerging markets around the world. The console is launching in Brazil for $199 USD, and it comes pre-loaded with four games. Although the Zeebo 3G will not be able to read traditional game disks, it will be able to download new games wirelessly through its 3G network, which is a practical solution to the piracy issues that plague markets where the Zeebo 3G is intended to sell.
Though Zeebo seems to be the future of gaming abroad, OnLive seems to be the gaming innovation that is coming soon to the core gaming markets. OnLive is best described as a micro-console that will give you access to a limitless catalog of titles that can play on your TV or computer through the power of streaming video and some amazing servers. The service demoed the tech-intensive title Crysis, just to show off the power that its servers will be able to bring to your TV, and the company announced support from several high-profile publishers like EA, Take-Two, Ubisoft, Epic, and Atari. Although no price structure has been set, the service is expected to launch in time for the 2009 holiday season. Only time will tell if this service really takes off.
So, are you excited for the future? This year's GDC included plenty of announcements and surprises, and it is interesting to see how much emphasis was placed this year on non-disc-based technology interfaces like the Zeebo and OnLive. But, if you are still looking for more information on this generation, remember E3 is only a few months away, and CheatCC will have all the news from there as well!
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor