OnLive Officially Goes Subscription-Free
No one has ever paid a subscription fee to be a part of OnLive. This is a fact, because everyone who has been using OnLive so far are Founding Members, and all Founding Member get a year free. But now OnLive CEO Steve Perlman says that OnLive will now never require a subscription. Here’s Perlman’s statement:
We’ve had a promotion waiving the monthly fee for the first year, so this announcement is confirming what we had hoped—that we can continue without a monthly fee beyond the first year. 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. Now that we’ve reached that stage, we can confidently say a monthly fee is not needed, which deserves a double WOOT! WOOT!
We’re excited because this opens the door for the OnLive Game Service to be used by everyone whenever they feel like it, whether for playing a full game on OnLive, or for just instantly playing a demo before buying a game for a console or a PC. Or, even for people just wanting to spectate games in the Arena or friend other gamers. Whatever interests you in gaming, OnLive provides it instantly, without complexity or hassle.
This is good, because it renders much of, but not all, my reasons for bitching about it moot.
Aside from all that, Perlman has a couple other things to say. OnLive is expanding to new territories, the service will be generally more awesome soon and they’re making micro consoles and normal-sized gamepads that will let you use the service on your TV. All good stuff.