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.