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Onlive Cloud-Gaming Offers $10 Flat Fee

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 6 comments

Cloud gaming company Onlive will soon be offering a gaming flat fee.

The "PlayPack" plan is priced at $9.99 per month and allows users to play as much as they want. Onlive calls it "gamer nirvana." It appears that Onlive will be positioned the PlayPack as the standard subscription plan, as opposed to the PlayPass subscription. PlayPass charges from $4 to $50 for games that are played for only 3 or 5 days or are being purchased in full.

The company said that some games will only be available in the PlayPack or in the PlayPass plan. For example the latest NBA 2K11 is just available in the PlayPack. Games are not impacted by plan changes, Onlive said.

PlayPack is scheduled to launch on January 15 and include 40 games. People who are signing up for Onlive now get access to the Beta of the flat fee service free of charge.

Originally announced in 2009, Onlive came online in June of this year. Other than traditional consoles, the game system is entirely cloud-based and uses remote servers to deliver, render, store video game data. The basic Onlive game system sells for $99 and includes one game. 

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    shanky887614 , 4 December 2010 02:24
    i dont think this will ever catch on

    why pay $4-50 for a game then have to pay ontop of that to accses the server

    i would rather pay $4-600 on a console where you can get your money back after 12 games and you dont have to constantly be hooked up to internet eating up your bandwith
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    flaminggerbil , 4 December 2010 03:11
    Input must lag like a bitch. Meh.
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    Rab1d-BDGR , 4 December 2010 17:16
    HAHAHAHAHA $99 for the console, then $10 a month for the "service" and the $50 to rent access to their games! You'd have to be a sucker to go for this!

    Valve should make a console-like client for steam and show them how to do do online distribution fairly and properly...
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    princeofdreams , 4 December 2010 18:27
    You people should really learn to read...

    The $10 subscription allows y0u unlimited access to all games as often as you want with no additional fees, which means you will (in theory at least) never pay more than $120 a year to play your games, alternatively if you don't want to pay a monthly subscription you can rent your game with a 3 or 4 day pass for $4, if you wish to buy and permanently own the game then you pay $50

    Whether or not it will succeed depends on many factors (game choice being the main one, forty games may sound a lot but its not much of a selection really)lag issues, and of course how successfully they can market the console. trying to get people top buy yet another console with a subscription fee will take hard work. On the plus side the subscription only costs roughly the same as Xbox live, yet you get all the games with it for free

    Personally I will stay with my PC :)  I hate console gaming :) 
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    Rab1d-BDGR , 4 December 2010 19:51
    Prince, that's not wholly true in that:
    The company said that some games will only be available in the PlayPack or in the PlayPass plan. For example the latest NBA 2K11 is just available in the PlayPack. Games are not impacted by plan changes, Onlive said.

    Plus, I'd be wary about the terminology of "permanently own the game" - undoubtedly they will have the equivalent of the stem subscriber agreement clause which allows them to take games you've "purchased" away from you whenever they feel like it. Oh yes, steam promise that it would never happen, but that's not what their agreement says. I for one won't be renting games from OnLive.
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    eldridgep , 6 December 2010 19:23
    Actually I think this is a great idea, there are only three issues I see:

    1) Lag - no matter what you say it will be there as you are adding another step between the game and the hosting server/machines
    2) So many people now have a console are they really going to fork out for another one?
    3) How solid a company are Onlive? Can they compete with Sony/Microsoft/Nintendo? If they can't and they go bust you can kiss all the money you spent on PlayPass bought games.

    I only recently bought a PS3 and a Wii (what can I say I'm behind the times) so I won't be going this route. But for gaming on a budget if you don't have a cutting edge PC or an existing high end games console this is a solid way forward.

    From the software company side it basically circumvents all piracy issues in one go so I wouldn't be suprised if the next generation of consoles don't look at this very seriously.