WANTED: Early adopters! Although we have a thorough beta test process in place, the number of beta testers compared to our user base is small. We need a bigger share of users for a second stage of testing. Join our Phoenix-Firestorm Preview Group and await instructions! secondlife:///app/group/7ba4569c-9dd9-fed2-aaa7-36065d18a13c/about
We are approaching our next release, and since it will be a big one (fully caught up on Linden Lab’s latest code), we want to expand our testing as much as possible.
Participants should be fairly knowledgeable with Firestorm, willing to install and run the viewer builds that are offered and eager to provide feedback to us in a timely fashion. You should also expect that bugs and other problems may crop up.
If interested, please join our in-world Preview group, called “Phoenix-Firestorm Preview Group,” and await group notices providing links to builds to test.
NOTE: If you are in the preview group and running a “preview build” viewer, please do not ask for support in our main support group, as you will be on a build our regular users do not have. To avoid confusion, you can ask for help in the preview group.
The Phoenix Firestorm Project, Inc
It is with sadness and great disappointment I write this.
Yesterday the photography community was surprised to hear that Sony had sold 50% of its stock shares in Olympus, a popular camera and optics company. It was reported that “Sony needed the money to make new investments in their profitable sensor and Playstation business.” Now we know where some of that money is going.
OnLive has issued a press release revealing that their company has just been acquired by Sony and that Sony will not be continuing the SL Go service. In fact, it appears Sony has purchased OnLive for its patent portfolio in cloud gaming for their Playstation product only. OnLive has stated that they will continue the SL Go service until April 30th and that any new subscriptions will be free until their last day. The press release sent out to us shows the following: http://i.imgur.com/lshejw1.jpg
Their FAQ page reads:
“It is with great sadness that we must bring the SL Go service to a close. Sony is acquiring important parts of OnLive, and their plans don’t include a continuation of SL Go. Your service should continue uninterrupted until April 30, 2015. No further subscription fees will be charged, and you can continue to use the service until that date.
After April 30, 2015, our data centers will shut down and the service will be offline. All accounts will be closed, and all credit card data will be deleted. No refunds will be available for any subscriptions.
We will have extremely limited coverage for customer service over the next 30 days. We hope the FAQs below will answer all of your questions. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being an SL Go customer, and we wish you all the best.“
I can tell you that all of us here at Firestorm and the folks at OnLive are greatly disappointed by this news. Things were really just getting started, and what they were offering really plugged a hole for users on older computer systems that nothing else provides as of right now. This hole will only get wider in the near future, as well, since XP operating systems will no longer be supported on the Second Life viewer and not long after on Firestorm as well. We, as users of Second Life and OpenSim, are now without this option, and the good folks at OnLive are out of work. So while I anticipate some of you may feel some anger over this news, please understand there is no one to blame but Business.
None of us could have predicted this sudden end to something which had really just begun. If any good could come of this for us it may be that at the very least OnLive has demonstrated quite clearly that there is a strong demand for software that can run Second Life on older computer systems. Perhaps someone out there may pick up the ball.
The Phoenix Firestorm Project, Inc.
EDIT: Made ya look!.. At least… Well we did have something brewing for April Fools’ Day, but it fell through at the last minute. Sorry! There is always next year 😉