It's obviously a bit more than that, but essentially you can stream all the games you already own through Steam and keep saves and even achievements intact.
You'd pay a £9.99 subscription and get access to your Steam Library virtually anywhere. You could even use it to play games currently installing on your machine.
If you don't have access to your gaming rig for a while then this could be ideal. You could effectively be playing your games and saves whilst at work during lunch, as CloudLift integrates with Steam's own cloud servers. Multiplayer gaming would also be supported by OnLive's new service.
"We've listened to our players. They want the convenience of instant access to their games wherever they are, but they also want to own the game and be able to play it locally on their home PC," said OnLive executive chairman Mark Jung.
"With this new offering, we're continuing to expand on the compatibility, freedom and instant access our users enjoy, with the added flexibility of owning a local copy of their games." OnLive plan to continue their PlayPack subscription where £6.99/$9.99 gets you access to over 250 games. OnLive has been quiet for some time now.
Cloud gaming has always been mired in suspicion as many defined it their own way, but OnLive was one of the very first to provide an actual platform and stream games. Sadly it didn't catch fire because you didn't effectively own a game but rented, which is something digital platforms have struggled with.
Now this CloudLift appears and looks a much stronger prospect especially having partnered with Steam. CloudLift has officially entered open beta with more details available on the.
OnLive reboots with CloudLift, partnership with Steam
05 March 2014 | By Simon Priest