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The future or just a flash in the pan? Either way, the OnLive journey is going to be a fascinating one and today’s the day the service finally launches in the UK.

Subscriptions to OnLive will cost £6.99 a month. For that money you get free access to the majority of titles in the OnLive catalogue. Premium games – typically new releases – will cost £39.99. That buys lifetime access.

Membership, however, is free, with demo access and social features available to all. The OnLive Microconsole and joypad, which are used to access OnLive through a TV and bypassing the need for a PC or Mac, retails for £69.99.

Those new to the OnLive service can buy their first full-price PlayPass titles for just £1. Normally these will cost £39.99.

The company is also giving away free OnLive Microconsoles to those attending today’s Eurogamer Expo in London.

It has also pledged that games will “typically” be released on the OnLive service at the same time they hit retail and other digital gaming portals.

OnLive has also announced a partnership with the UK’s leading games retailer GAME and a tie-up with BT, which will see the internet provider offer three months of free, unlimited access to the OnLive PlayPack titles for its broadband customers.

“OnLive is incredibly excited to bring instant-play, on-demand cloud gaming to the UK,” OnLive founder and CEO Steve Perlman stated.

“OnLive is an entirely new way of experiencing top-tier video games, anywhere, anytime and on virtually any connected device, whether TV, PC, Mac or tablet, with awesome cloud-powered features and community unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. UK gamers, welcome to OnLive.”

Games currently on offer on the service include Deus Ex: Human Revolution, FEAR 3, Dirt 3, Homefront, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood and LEGO Harry Potter.


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"a tie-up with BT, which will see the internet provider offer three months of free, unlimited access to the OnLive PlayPack titles for its broadband customer"

And after that they throttle your connection and disconnect you for breaking the fair use policy on downoads.

I sorry but bt cant even supply a decent speed to allow ps3 online gaming in large parts of the country (including london) let alone enough for a whole game to be streamed, unfortunately i dont think the UK's bb speed is mafe for such a service

Allen Smith

Allen Smith STUDENT
Sep 22nd 2011 at 10:30AM

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OK so I was a bit sceptical with regards to this, but I have to say I'm impressed. Its so simple to setup and OK they don't yet have a huge range of premium titles but theres lots to play on there and did I mention its so simple.
No huge download and install to use on PC, easy registration process, easy to naviage games, a great way to check out actual gameplay of new games. Watch this space I think its a cheap way of doing some gaming, easy on the wallet !
I wonder if there will be an oportunity for us Indies to stock the hardware ?

Michael Pearce

Michael Pearce INDUSTRY
Sep 23rd 2011 at 9:29AM

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