OnLive drops subscription fees

Cloud-gaming service now available as a free trial

Cloud-gaming service OnLive has announced it is to scrap its planned monthly $4.95 charge entirely.

OnLive charges users to buy temporary or permanent access to its streaming games for PC and Mac, but has suffered criticism for its high pricing.

The removal of the subscription fee follows an offer to scrap the cost for a year for early adopters and also means new users may sign up without having to enter payment details.

This means the service now operates in a free trial mode, enabling non-paying users to try out demos and watch other users' games.

"We're delighted to be able to offer the OnLive Game Service without a base monthly fee on an ongoing basis," said OnLive CEO Steve Perlman.

"There is no precedent for OnLive, so we had to grow to a large number of active users in order to assess usage patterns and operating costs. We've arrived at that stage, and as we had hoped, we are able to operate OnLive without charging a fee for access."

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David Rider Publisher, Hustler UK9 years ago
[sarcasm]I look forward to this arriving in the UK and making use of BT's most excellent hardware. I'm sure my 1.3mps download speed will be more than adequate.[/sarcasm]
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Philip Wilson Project Manager/QA 9 years ago
If you have a decent connection (which isn't too hard nowadays) the service itself actually works surprisingly well. One of the biggest problems when it launched was that it had a very shallow selection of games and it still is the case right now...which is a shame b/c everything else about it when you use the service is pretty polished.
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Kevin Clark-Patterson Lecturer in Games Development, Lancaster and Morecambe College9 years ago
I guess this will go some way towards helping convert some of the skeptics
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Rick Cody PBnGames-Board Member 9 years ago
I sold my 360. I play Borderlands on OnLive on my Mac. What impresses me as much as anything is that I push command+Q and the game and service shut down instantaneously. Literally, not even a second and the game is shut down and the computer is running like nothing happened.
I hope OnLive survives
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