80ms, full 720p HD, no hacking, and I don't have to spend hundreds building/maintaining a rig... sounds like a breath of fresh air.
In all seriousness I get a chuckle from some of the fear responses generated by OnLive. People, this is breakthrough technology that is going to shape the way you play games in the coming future, you'd be a fool to overlook OnLive. Whether its OnLive or another service like it ... you are going to see this business model get bigger and pick up speed over the next decade. Change is scary I know, but despite how radical and how threatening this technology may seem, its coming.
Yeah, seriously man, forget paying hundreds of dollars on a gaming rig. Instead, let's pay Onlive a few hundred dollars in subscription fees over a few years for a subpar experience. Even assuming the subscription fee is very low, like $20/month, that's still $960 after four years. You still have to pay for your games on top of that. For that much I could just build myself a decent computer that would last that long, so I see zero benefit to this service.
The only possible argument for a service like this is saving money, but I seriously doubt it will be priced low enough that it ends up being cheaper than just building your own computer.
Anyway, I'm not arguing against Onlive's possible success, since I'm sure most people will just eat it up. I, however, am not one of them.