BT today announced that it will be offering its broadband customers three months free and unlimited access to a PlayPack 1 of more than 100 video games to mark the launch of OnLive’s revolutionary instant-play game service.
BT will be the first internet service provider in the UK to offer cloud-based gaming to its customers through its exclusive partnership with OnLive.
The OnLive® Game Service is the groundbreaking on-demand video gaming platform that delivers the latest and most advanced games instantly over a broadband connection. Users can play on their HDTV via the OnLive Game System or on virtually any PC, Mac® or tablet via a small browser download. The OnLive Game Service creates an entirely new way to play, watch, share and try premium games from the world's leading publishers.
Warren Buckley, managing director, BT Retail’s Customer Service, said: “This is a fantastic new service for the UK. The three months free PlayPack subscription is a great offer for BT broadband customers and there are no strings attached. It’s not part of a contract and we’re waiving usage allowances until the New Year. We just want to give our customers the chance to try it, and with more than 100 premium games available, choosing what to play will be the hardest part.”
“This is yet another reason for customers to choose BT for their broadband. Of course, our superfast, up to 40Mb 2, BT Infinity fibre broadband, is ideal for something like OnLive gaming.”
BT’s exclusive three months free PlayPack subscription has more than 100 regularly updated recent, indie and classic games from more than 50 top publishers. There is a wide range of games including action adventure, first person shooter, sports and puzzle games, so there is something for everyone. Games include Batman: Arkham Asylum, Saints Row 2, Homefront (large-scale warfare multiplayer), F.E.A.R. 3 (multiplayer), Borderlands, Just Cause 2, LEGO® Batman, World of Goo, Flatout 2, Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords, Prince of Persia and the classic Deus Ex: Game of the Year Edition.
BT customers will also get to enjoy OnLive’s promotions, including their special launch offer of a first individual OnLive game for just £1, worth up to £39.99 3.
OnLive is the pioneer of “cloud” gaming. Backed by high-performance, internet-based cloud game servers, the OnLive Game Service launches top-tier games in seconds that would take minutes to start on high-end consoles or PCs. Because all the games run in data centres, users can always play the highest-performance games on their OnLive Game System and even play on most low-performance computers. Customers never have to upgrade hardware. As games become more advanced, users can continue to play them on the same OnLive Game System or computer. Gamers can play using their keyboard and mouse, gamepad or touch screens depending on their preferences.
OnLive founder and CEO Steve Perlman, said: “OnLive will utterly transform gaming in the UK. No discs, big downloads or specialised hardware are needed. OnLive gives you the latest games instantly, anytime, anywhere on HDTV, PC, Mac, as well as soon on iPad and Android tablets. It makes high performance gaming as accessible as streaming video, with unique social features, such as watching thousands of people play games live with voice chat and Facebook integration.
“OnLive is incredibly excited about its partnership with BT. In particular, the performance of OnLive over BT Infinity fibre broadband is nothing short of extraordinary. Prepare to be blown away.”
The special PlayPack subscription offer is open to any BT customer, 18 years of age or over with BT home broadband who register online at www.bt.com/onlive by January 31, 2012.
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Notes to editors
1 Available to BT broadband customers who register at www.bt.com/onlive before 11:59pm on January 31, 2012. Three months free from date of registration. Usual price £6.99 a month. Minimum line speed of 3Mb required via a wired or Wi-Fi connection. Broadband usage up to January 2, 2012 will not count towards usage allowance. One offer per BT account holder. Subject to availability. Terms apply.
2 Dependent on line, time of day and location.
3 Available to BT broadband customers, who are first-time OnLive purchasers, buying one Full PlayPass before 11:59pm on October 9, 2012. Offer not valid towards pre-orders and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. One offer per household. Available titles are subject to change without notice. Only valid within the UK while connected to the OnLive Game Service. PlayPass games are non-exchangeable and non-refundable from point of activation. Terms apply.
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OnLive’s UK launch and coming soon titles include:
AC-130: Operation Devastation
Alarm for Cobra 11 Nitro
Alien Shooter: Vengeance
Alien vs. Predator Classic 2000
Aliens vs. Predator
Amnesia: The Dark Descent
A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda
Around the World in 80 Days
Assassin's Creed Brotherhood
Assassin's Creed Brotherhood Deluxe Edition
Assassin's Creed II
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition
Conflict: Denied Ops
Defense Grid: Gold
Deus Ex: Game of the Year Edition
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Disciples III: Renaissance
Divinity 2: The Dragon Knight Saga
Doc Clock: The Toasted Sandwich of Time
Dracula 3: The Path of the Dragon
Duke Nukem Forever
Elements of War
Elizabeth Find, MD: Diagnosis Mystery
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
Faery: Legends of Avalon
Fate of the Pharaoh
Frontlines: Fuel of War
Grand Ages: Rome
Hitman: Blood Money
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin
Just Cause 2
Kane & Lynch 2
King's Bounty: Armored Princess
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
LEGO Batman: The Videogame
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
Madballs in Babo: Invasion
Men of War: Red Tide
MX vs ATV Reflex
NecroVision: The Lost Company
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee
Port Royale 2
Prince of Persia
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlord
Red Faction Guerrilla
Red Faction: Armageddon
Remington Super Slam Hunting: Africa
Royal Envoy Premium
Saints Row 2
Shaun White Skateboarding
Shellshock 2: Blood Trails
Silent Hunter 5: Battle of the Atlantic
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl
Star Wolves 3: Civil War
Super Granny 6
Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance
The Bard's Tale
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction
Tomb Raider Anniversary
Tomb Raider: Legend
Tomb Raider: Underworld
Unreal Tournament III
Vegas: Make it Big
Virtua Tennis 2009
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II Chaos Rising
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine
World of Goo
Zombie Shooter 2
Assassin's Creed Revelations
Assault Heroes 2
Batman: Arkham City
Call of Juarez: The Cartel
Driver: San Francisco
Fallout: A Post Nuclear Role Playing Game
Football Manager 2012
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
Might & Magic: Heroes VI
Operation Flashpoint: Red River
Orcs Must Die
Red Bull X Fighters, International Freestyle Motorcross
Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad
Roller Coaster Tycoon 3
Saints Row the Third
Sniper: Ghost Warrior
Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition
Wargame: European Escalation