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OnLive Launches June 17, Still sounds Like a Terrible Idea

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OnLive, the *cough* revolutionary cloud-based gaming service will see its North American release this June for PC and MAC – coinciding with this year’s E3 Expo. It promises instant streaming of games from the industry’s top publishers – like EA, Ubisoft, 2K Games and more.

Early adopters – the first 25000 idiots people to sign up will get three months of access to the service for free – a regular cost of $14.99 US per month. Something about their terms though has me thinking this is a worse idea than I’d ever imagined.

  • Waiver of Service Fee includes free access to OnLive’s Game Service including game demos, video profiles and community features, but does not include playing full versions of games, which are to be purchased or rented separately.
  • Wait…what? So on top of that subscription fee – 3 times that of Xbox Live -  you still actually have to rent or buy the games? On top of that, until their microconsole set-top box for connecting to TV’s comes out, you have to play games in a browser window?

    Sure, the launch games – Mass Effect 2, Dragon Age: Origins, Assassin’s Creed II, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, Borderlands and Metro 2033 – are some pretty high profile titles, but I just don’t see this working.

    Even if we had the internet infrastructure for this, I’d still give it a miss.

    Last Updated: March 11, 2010


    1. Milesh Bhana ZA

      March 11, 2010 at 14:49

      So it’s kinda like Assassin’s Creed 2’s DRM, just worse ?


    2. WitWolfyZA

      March 11, 2010 at 14:59

      EPIC FAIL! Good idea bad execution. I say try again in 4 to 6 years


    3. Q121

      March 11, 2010 at 15:05

      Why would I buy this over an xbox or a ps?


    4. Maxiviper

      March 11, 2010 at 20:51

      Not to mention you have to have fast internet and it constantly uses it even when playing single player in the games.


    5. WitWolfyZA

      March 12, 2010 at 09:59

      Id only buy this, if i had that 1GB ADSL hard line Google is experimenting on.


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