OnLive Microadapter Console Available December 2, 2010

Software as a Service is not a new concept to business, but it’s somewhat of a hard sell to gamers. OnLive, the subscription gaming service that promises to stream high-end PC games to subscribers home systems has a new microadapter available in December to facilitate their service delivery.

The mini-console concept is that gamers who subscribe can hook up the small piece of hardware to their Internet service  and TV via Ethernet and HDMI. An included wireless battery-powered gamepad serves as the interface. The new version of the service adapter will ship December 2nd and cost $99. For a limited time, those who order the new hardware will get a voucher for a free game available to play on the system.

OnLive currently uses a rental model, but the company also promised to add a subscription-based offering in 2011. (In many ways returning to the original way the service was solicited) There are a limited number of game titles available now for purchase or rental on the service with 100 game promised shortly. Unfortunately, the company did not share the terms or pricing for this future subscription model.

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