OnLive dropping monthly fee

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  1. Guild McCommunist
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    After extending the signup deadline for the "Founder's Club" promotion that gave users a full year free, OnLive has opted to ditch membership fees entirely.

    OnLive founder Steve Perlman wrote in the service's official blog, "Although we wish we could have confirmed no monthly fee from the get-go, pioneering a major new video game paradigm is hard: we had to first grow to a large base of regular users before we could understand usage patterns and operating costs."

    OnLive has apparently reached that point though, which Perlman says deserves a "double WOOT! WOOT!"

    A "Full PlayPass" to a game still costs about as much as a regular game, but now OnLive's service plan is roughly equivalent to Steam. However, OnLive also offers 3 and 5-day passes to games in addition to free demos.

    In addition to cutting membership fees, OnLive is also offering a free trial program that will allow users to access the service without having to enter a credit card number. Credit cards will be needed if you opt to buy a 3-day, 5-day or Full PlayPass though.

    Going forward, OnLive is also promising better video quality and lower latentcy. The MicroConsole TV Adapters and gamepads are also in manufacturing now though, which suggests that they may make the holidays as well.[/p]

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    Being a wannabe computer gamer but with a meh computer that can't do much gaming outside of some Source engine games, OnLive always seemed somewhat appealing. Maybe this is a good reason to try, although I need to wire my computer first.
     
  2. Slyakin

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    Meh. I like Steam. [​IMG]


    Also, broken source.
     
  3. Guild McCommunist
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    Guild McCommunist (not on boat)

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    Thanks, thought I put it in there but I guess not.

    The difference is that OnLive allows you to play games with high system requirements without the need for a high spec system. Only problem is lag and that you need a constant internet connection to play games. That's what I thought at least.
     
  4. Slyakin

    Slyakin See ya suckers

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    WAIT.


    You STREAM the games? Wow, never mind.


    I think I might get this. Crysis, ahoy!
     
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    Mind you this is far from perfect. There will probably always be delay between your actions at home and what gets shown to you. And a wired internet connection is pretty much a must, even if/when wireless is supported.
     
  6. soulx

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    Bandwidth.
    I only get 60GB.
    As much as I would like to use this, I can't thanks to shitty Canadian ISP's.
    [​IMG]
     
  7. Slyakin

    Slyakin See ya suckers

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    Ahh...


    Well, back to Steam! [​IMG]
     
  8. nando

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    i just can't buy into cloud computing.

    and is a double woot woot = woot woot woot woot?
     
  9. Fudge

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    I just tried it, and I'm amazed. My PC is shit, but I can play games like Batman: AA and Borderlands. I have no idea how my PC can run those games. My PC has a Intel Celeron 1.6GHZ processor, 1GB RAM and 64MB VRAM. Can someone explain to me how this is possible?
     
  10. Rasas

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    Your computer isn't running the game. It is running from another location in which you get to control and play certain games.
     
  11. Terminator02

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    basically that, all of your inputs are sent over the internet to servers, which spit back video/audio to your computer
     
  12. NDStemp

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    I'ma try this, seems awesome.
     
  13. Bladexdsl

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    still a waste of $ only a very small number of peeps (prob all china) will be using this cos not every1 has unlimited bw! i can tell you now no one in australia will be using this so they might as well not even bring it here. also i dont care what they say there is going to be lagg..
     
  14. gameboy13

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    I might just have to try this sometime. The thing is, I have an awesome computer and I like Steam. Maybe I'll try it when they get more games.
     
  15. Splych

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    i was thinking the same ...
    there are other ISPs that have unlimited DL and UL but like ... they suck -_- .
     
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    can you use onlive in the UK?
    we're upgrading to 50mb/s today and I guess I could try it.
     
  17. jan777

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    Just tried it. its awesome if you have a shitty PC and a good net connection. graphical glitches here and there but playable. didnt notice any lag.
     
  18. Rydian

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    OnLive has apparently reached that point though, which Perlman says deserves a "double WOOT! WOOT!"[/p]Okay, that's just embarrassing.

    With my crappy DSL connection it'll likely not run for me, too lazy to try.
     
  19. Celice

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    On a slightly different note, is there any programs which kinda do this already? I was wanting to play some emulator games with my brother (we usually play RPGs with half the characters one and the other half the other's). All I'd have to do is stream his display over to mine and be able to have keyboard input on his computer from mine.
     
  20. KevInChester

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    For those with slower or limited connections I recommend: