updated 05:10 pm EDT, Mon September 20, 2010
OnLive Wi-Fi beta now active
OnLive this weekend switched on a Wi-Fi play beta. The Mac and Windows service had previously needed a wired link to stream games without hiccups but is now optimized to address the possible temporary interruptions and other connection issues with wireless. Using the wireless induces some extra lag but otherwise works the same as for wired.
In case the user wanders too far out of range or another, more major disruption hits, the service can automatically pause a game for up to five minutes to wait until a reliable signal comes back.
Using the beta needs both a high-speed Internet connection of at least 3Mbps or better as well as a good connection to the wireless network. Faster 802.11n Wi-Fi is considered ideal. A fast computer isn't necessary as long as it can handle streaming 720p.