Today, the online streaming game service OnLive officially announced that it is removing the need for base monthly fees. That means all users can access all the services features such as playing demos, spectating games, messaging and friending for free. Most importantly, users can play games purchased via OnLive without having to worry about paying a monthly fee for continued access to them. Users must still purchase PlayPasses (available in 3-day, 5-day and Full (unlimited) varieties) to access the full versions of games.
Since its launch in June, OnLive has waived the subscription fee for its new users for one year. So early adopters should be pleased that the subscription-free arrangement will continue indefinitely. The full press release can be read after the jump.
Palo Alto, Calif., October 4, 2010 - OnLive, Inc., the pioneer of on-demand, instant-play video games, today announced that it has eliminated ongoing base monthly fees for access to the OnLive Game Service. OnLive has been waiving first-year base monthly fees since its launch last summer while it grew its base of users and tracked actual operating costs. Today, OnLive confirmed there will be no ongoing base monthly fees, either in the first year or beyond.
"We're delighted to be able to offer the OnLive Game Service without a base monthly fee on an ongoing basis," said Steve Perlman, founder and CEO of OnLive, Inc. "There is no precedent for OnLive, so we had to grow to a large number of active users in order to assess usage patterns and operating costs. We've arrived at that stage, and as we had hoped, we are able to operate OnLive without charging a fee for access. This opens the door to any gamer seeking instant top-tier game demos, or even just people interested in spectating high-performance live gameplay in the OnLive Arena. Come one, come all."
OnLive is kicking off this change with the introduction of its Free Trial program for new users to its service, which offers access to the game service in just seconds, with no credit card required to create an account. "The Free Trial program is an instant sign-up path to instant high-performance gaming and community," added Mike McGarvey, OnLive's COO. "Since OnLive works on almost any PC or Mac, in no time at all you can be checking out the latest top-tier games for free. Whether you just want to demo a game, or you want to participate in the OnLive community, the Free Trial program is a seamless, hassle-free way to stay on top of the latest in gaming. With OnLive you Just Play."
In addition to providing free demos and community, OnLive offers purchase of 3-day, 5-day and Full PlayPasses for its catalog of games on an a la carte basis, each of which is accessible without monthly fee for the term of the PlayPass. To sign up or learn more about OnLive's Free Trial program, visit https://www.onlive.com/go/signup.
OnLive is the pioneer of on-demand, instant-play video game services, delivering real-time interactive experiences and rich media through the Internet. With groundbreaking video compression technology, OnLive harnesses cloud computing to provide the power and intelligence needed to instantly deliver the latest, premium game titles directly on PCs and Macs via a web browser and soon on any HDTV via the MicroConsole(tm) TV adapter. OnLive technology is backed by hundreds of patents and patents pending. The company is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA. OnLive investors include Warner Bros., Autodesk, Maverick Capital, AT&T, British Telecommunications (BT) and The Belgacom Group. More information is available at www.onlive.com.