When the OnLive streaming PC/Mac gaming service announced their plans to launch in the US on June 17 for $14.95 a month it also announced that the first 25,000 people who pre-registered for the service would get to use it for free for the first three months. Now it looks like that deal has been sweetened considerably.
We naturally signed up for the pre-registration offer last March and on Saturday night we got an email from OnLive announcing that we were eligible not for three months but for one full year of free service. In addition the free first year does not require any further obligation to use the service after that year is over. They will also give out coupons to each person who pre-registers that will allow them to get one free game that uses OnLive. All in all it's a pretty sweet deal. Folks who get this offer in their email boxes have to register with the service by June 3. You do have to put in some credit card info but it won't be charged. If you are not among the first 25,000 who pre-registered, well, you are out of luck as OnLive is apparently not taking any more sign-ups before the June 17 launch.