OnLive Monthly Subscription Fees Are Dead

Games on demand service OnLive is now free and free from now on, according to the company's founder, who brings word that the streaming game service has dropped plans for monthly subscription fees.

Steve Perlman, founder and CEO of OnLive, says today that the previously pricey ($US14.95 per month) subscription plans have been scrapped, letting anyone and everyone try the platform for free. That means free demos, free spectating, free Brag Clip videos, messaging and friends lists, according to Perlman. Oh, sure, you still have to pay for the games you want to buy, but you probably knew that.

"Although we wish we could have confirmed no monthly fee from the get-go, pioneering a major new video game paradigm is hard," writes Perlman on the OnLive Blog. "We had to first grow to a large base of regular users before we could understand usage patterns and operating costs. Now that we've reached that stage, we can confidently say a monthly fee is not needed..."

The streaming version of OnLive for PCs is now ripe for the demoing. The long-promised MicroConsole TV adaptor, for those who would prefer to use the OnLive service with a dedicated piece of hardware, and the OnLive Game Pad Controllers are "in manufacturing now," Perlman says. "Stay tuned for some exciting announcements coming this holiday season."

OnLive: Just Play For Free! [OnLive Blog]


    Hahahaha! Cop that you greedy bastards. I remember when this was first proposed and you could practically see the drool hanging from their mouths as they envisioned legions of gullible morons paying monthly fees to play games. Now that OnLive has been active for a while they've finally had to face the fact that nobody is stupid enough to pay monthly subscription fees to play games (except mmorpg fans).

      What about Live? Basically everybody I know is stupid enough to pay for that.


        I don't pay monthly for live... just one payment each year.
        Think of it like car registration.

        Never Paid for Live. Either. I'm a PC gamer. Good point though.

      There's nothing wrong with pay for play if its a fair amount and the content is good.
      Anyone who complains about having to pay the $1.40 a week ($75/52 weeks) for xbox live gold membership has no business owning a next gen console.

      If you get $1.40 worth of entertainment out of it over the course of a week its worth it isn't it?

    *Prays that it may eventually appear in Australia through some means.*

    Wishful think based on our current Internet, I know. But it never hurts to dream.

      what are you implying of the Australian internet backbone? that its crap, no never, its just allowing the rest of the world to feel good until the NBN squashes them under its mighty boot.

      and the only reason the NBN is taking so long is so that other countries don't feel too bad for too long.

      so in 20 years when the NBN is finished (or started, who knows) you'll look back at this day and think, yep our internet really was crap but at least we made other countries feel better about themselves.

        My apologies, I was speaking of the Internet from the point of view of consumers.

        My fault for not be specific in the first place.

    They would wanna have servers almost in every state for OnLive to come here.

    This thing still going?
    Thought it would have bombed already.

      This is a trend that is not going to disappear. In fact it will become common place soon.

      Do not get me wrong though, it will not spell the death of running games on locally installed systems.

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