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OnLive service priced for United States

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 22 Jun 2010 0:19 User comments (8)

OnLive service priced for United States OnLive, the cloud streaming games service, has finally been priced in the United States, with downloads and rental offerings now detailed.
There will be 20 games available at launch, with such blockbuster games like "Assassin's Creed II," "Mass Effect 2" and "Batman: Arkham Asylum" available alongside other smaller titles.

GI says, for example, the recent title Borderlands can be purchased outright for $30 USD, rented for 5 days for $9 or rented for three days at $6.

Some brand new releases, such as Splinter Cell: Conviction, can only be purchased and not rented, at full price, $60 USD.

While hardly a problem, game access is only guaranteed until June 17th, 2013, which appears to be a licensing limitation.

To play the games, you must keep an active OnLive subscription, which is expected to be priced under $10 USD a month. An OnLive subscription is free for the first 12 months.

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8 user comments

122.6.2010 10:55

The end of actually owning anything is coming. Everything will be subscription based, and if company x decides you've had enough of a certain game, they just pull the plug on support, since everything will eventually be in "the cloud", and people will be left out in the cold. They will have eaten a huge chunk of cash from your wallet, and you will have nothing physical (the game disc itself) to show for it.

Sadly, this is exactly what companies want, and they use the guise of protecting intellectual property, and piracy as excuses. I think they've found their solution to their perceived problem, although once again it's the consumer that gets shafted.

By God this country is great at finding new and intrusive ways of relieving you of your hard earned cash.

Sure...you can make all sorts of $$$, but unless you reach some minimum threshold, whatever you earn, the state takes right back through increased taxes, (don't even get me started on the whole mandatory health insurance sh*t), and by not actually giving you anything in return for your dollars.

I seriously believe, that in 20 or so years, there will be nothing manufactured in this country, and we will only be a country that provides services. And by services, I mean sheisty businesspeople that will do anything to relieve you of your money.

222.6.2010 12:41

Originally posted by SuckRaven:
The end of actually owning anything is coming. Everything will be subscription based, and if company x decides you've had enough of a certain game, they just pull the plug on support, since everything will eventually be in "the cloud", and people will be left out in the cold. They will have eaten a huge chunk of cash from your wallet, and you will have nothing physical (the game disc itself) to show for it.

Sadly, this is exactly what companies want, and they use the guise of protecting intellectual property, and piracy as excuses. I think they've found their solution to their perceived problem, although once again it's the consumer that gets shafted.

By God this country is great at finding new and intrusive ways of relieving you of your hard earned cash.

Sure...you can make all sorts of $$$, but unless you reach some minimum threshold, whatever you earn, the state takes right back through increased taxes, (don't even get me started on the whole mandatory health insurance sh*t), and by not actually giving you anything in return for your dollars.

I seriously believe, that in 20 or so years, there will be nothing manufactured in this country, and we will only be a country that provides services. And by services, I mean sheisty businesspeople that will do anything to relieve you of your money.

I agree on all counts. Very well said.

322.6.2010 13:01

SuckRaven
Ya that is ture...but there should be a cut off point media should cost less. But when Onlive sells all its games for under 30$ thats when I will believe it possible...

422.6.2010 14:40

"While hardly a problem, game access is only guaranteed until June 17th, 2013, which appears to be a licensing limitation."

There it is people, this is the reason not to dump your hard earned money into Onlive. I had hope for this company but that right there has killed any hope for me. No one in their right mind would spend $30-$60 a game (on top of a subscription fee) when they can get their game taken away from them 3 years down the road. There are PLENTY of 3 year old games that I still play and would be pissed if I had it taken away AFTER I purchased it.

522.6.2010 16:59

- delete post posted on wrong forum

im sorry

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 22 Jun 2010 @ 17:10

622.6.2010 17:07

All the people I use will only be using onlive as a game on demand service, I dont think anyone is actually going to buy from here... Even steve palman the guy who made onlive said in an interview that he doesnt see onlive as being a place where people would actually buy games, and that wasn't his main intent. If anything, I see onlive as being a one stop shop for pc rentals much like gamefly but with an instant access rather then being it mailed.

As an on demand solution, im all for onlive.
As a permenant gaming platform, onlive is just as useless as ubisoft and thier crazy drm.

723.6.2010 13:51

Give me a game like Diablo II. I bought the disc. It wasn't exactly cheap when it came out, but the game was damn good, and I could install it as many times as I wanted.

It did not check if I had an active internet connection.

It did not authenticate the registration key every nanosecond, thereby slowing down my PC.

It did not charge for playing online within the massive Battle.NET community.

I could play single player WITHOUT an internet connection.

I could play over a LAN with 7 other people.

If Iwant to, I can still play it, even if Blizzard goes under. (o.k. may not be true for Battle.NET but still, the game was released in 2000)

If I can get that for my hard earned $$$, I will purchase a game, music, movie, whatever.

Unfortunately, the value/quality isn't there anymore. Useless extras, and BD-Live features, and 8 editions and re-releases to double and quintuple dip into your wallet.

Puke.

825.6.2010 1:06

Originally posted by SuckRaven:
don't even get me started on the whole mandatory health insurance sh*t
This is actually a good thing for your country.

Australia has had it for decades it comes out of taxes.

Everyone has to pay taxes but even if your not working at least you'll be able to show a card then see a doctor and not have to pull out cash to see one.

Also some expensive operations say a hip replacement that might cost $15,000 could become free or very much reduced in price.

Those that are against are mad.

In Australia to see a doctor for 15min or less costs around $60, have a medicare card, it's free.



Anyway on the original topic it won't go anywhere as a service it'll get a few customers then die from not enough to keep the servers alive.

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