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Today game streaming company OnLine announced that their service will be ready to roll out on June 17 for American PC and Mac owners. The company also announced that OnLive will require a $14.95 a month subscription fee.

For those of you who don’t know, OnLive is a new service (currently in beta) that allows users to play games remotely though their web browser. OnLive doesn’t require subscribers to download or install games. Instead, all the processing is handled by the OnLive servers, with the visuals being streamed to gamers.

According to OnLive executive Steve Perlman, there will be between a dozen and twenty-five titles available at launch. So far, OnLive has partnered up with EA, Ubisoft, 2K Games, THQ and Warner Bros. This means that when the service launches in June gamers will be able to play titles including: Mass Effect 2, Assassin’s Creed II, Borderlands, Dragon Age Origins, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, and Metro 2033.

It is important to note that the $14.95 subscription fee “does not include the purchase or rental of games.” OnLive has yet to announce any official pricing regarding rentals and purchases.

According to the press release, the subscription fee will cover: “instant-play free game demos; multiplayer across PC, Mac and TV platforms; massive spectating; viewing of Brag Clips video capture and posting; and cloud-saving of games you’ve purchased-pause, and instantly resume from anywhere, even on a different platform.

Also included in the monthly service fee are features you’d expect from standard online games services such as gamer tags, user profiles, friends, chat, but with a twist: everything is live video. You’ll be friending through multiplay, Spectating, Brag Clips, or by flipping through video profiles of friends of friends of friends. OnLive is delivering the first instant video-based social network.”

Obviously OnLive will require gamers to have a pretty fast internet connection. The company has stated that there are no latency issues with a 1.5 megabit per second connection for standard definition visuals and a 5 megabit connection for 720p.

If gaming on your PC doesn’t fit you needs, OnLive also has a console that will allow you to play on your TV. So far the company has yet to announce when The MicroConsole TV Adapter will be available.

Personally I’m a bit skeptical of OnLive’s claims. I just can’t believe that a 1.5 MB connection would have no issues with lag. I guess I’ll have to wait until June to find out if this deal is all that it’s cracked up to be.


  1. The 1.5Mb connection is probably while literally right next to the server. Obviously, the further away you are from a server center, the better connection you will need.

    I am skeptical as well, but this is undoubtedly the future. I just hope this is the first step to make it happen (at the least).

    • I agree that its probably the future, but that doesn’t mean it’ll work at all in the here and now. I’d prefer to have something like Steam where I can download the game and still have saves and info hosted in the cloud. If they give you the option to do that I could see this working alright, but if you have to stream it at all times, it won’t be worth it.

      But if it works, this wouldn’t be the first time I was wrong.

  2. This would be completely useless outside of the US, or, infact, probably outside the city where the server is hosted.

    I’d be interested to see how it plays.

  3. Wait a second. So there is a subscription fee on top of the price of the games themselves? I was not expecting that.

    I really hope that the games end up being cheaper in some way, because otherwise I don’t really see the benefit of this service. I’d much rather just own a physical console.

    • I agree, this system will die in the arse if it costs more then a standard game rental service. Whats the point in buying a game then paying a monthly surcharge for the priviliage of playing it?

  4. avatar Jimmy

    I won’t be purchasing this platform as I much prefer to have the physical copy of the game with me so that I feel like I have something for the money I just spent. It took me long enough to start purchasing games through xbla and psn much less an entire console game collection through an online service that you have to pay monthly for. What happens when they go under or in 5-10 years something else is released? Will they just shut down their servers and your entire collection rendered useless?

  5. avatar Lee

    There is nothing wrong with paying a monthly fee on top of buying or renting games… if you want to play ur xbox 360 online, you pay for the Live services, right? plus you still pay for purchasing and/or renting games. the difference here is that if this works, and what you really want to do is play online with other people, you save a few hundred bucks because you don’t need to purchase a console. Plus Onlive claims since the processing is done on their servers, we should be able to run this on low-end computers.. IF.. and i am saying IF this works, i think it would be pretty great and be worth it. But i definitely have my doubts.

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