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OnLive launching in June, starts at $14.95 per month

By Jos
Mar 10, 2010
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  1. Richy2k9

    Richy2k9 TS Enthusiast Posts: 515

    hello ...

    it's a nice concept, would love to see it work, yet it will be hard for the servers to handle a lot of gamers playing different games simultaneously, unless the class of services is of very high level with their hosting ISP & they have more than very high bandwidth.

    well, i posted on techspot's PSN + HD film something about anew CISCO router that can & will change the Internet, when these babies would be available, i don't think there will be a problem...

    soon the Internet will evolve (again), but till then Onlive will have to fight hard against consoles & PC.

    If they propose exclusive titles may get some interest from most gamers, even to those owning all physical gaming machines to date.

    let's see, time will tell!

    cheers!
  2. mattfrompa

    mattfrompa TS Maniac Posts: 481   +8

    Interesting...I thought 720p would be available immediately with a 5 Mb/s connection. When this service was mentioned before, I and several others expressed concern over the clients ping and jitter having a huge effect on game play.These concerns are still valid haha. $15 dollars does seem like a lot for just a cover charge. With a <24 game library, I find it even more difficult to even consider this a good deal at launch. But I would like to emphasize that I realize my complaints may dissolve as the platform evolves. But it seems like right now, many stars must align for this to be worthwhile.
  3. fref

    fref TS Enthusiast Posts: 153

    I'd have to try a demo first because I'm really not convinced that this will work as well as the more traditionnal way of playing games. Plus, the pricing is not that interesting if you need to pay 15$ every month and then some more to actually play a full game, not just a demo. Good luck OnLive!
  4. LightHeart

    LightHeart TS Rookie Posts: 155

    Band Wagon

    I got to jump on the posts band wagon. $15 a month to play demos and social stuff, plus you have to pay to actually play a game is just too much. You can get demos for free in many places, hence the term demo. I'll put that money toward other games. Actually if I just put that money aside for 6 months I could afford a new 32GB SSD instead.
  5. BlindObject

    BlindObject TS Rookie Posts: 446

    Good for people who don't wanna upgrade, I didn't drop over a grand on my computer to stream games.
  6. seefizzle

    seefizzle TS Enthusiast Posts: 110   +16

    So I have to pay 15 dollars a month, and still buy the video games? And there's a better than average chance that the games will lag? I think I'll just stick to buying my games from retail, or torrenting them, and playing them on my computer as is. I'd rather take a graphics drop because my graphics card sucks than to play a game with a ton of lag.
  7. Yoda8232

    Yoda8232 TS Rookie Posts: 145

    $15 a month plus the price of renting the game? Fail.
    PC gaming will still win.
  8. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,285   +232

    Yah, the more I hear about this service (including the reported laggy and unresponsive play during beta testing), the less I am impressed. I think somebody was smokin something questionable when they came up with the pricing structure, I mean $15/month just for the basic connection? Then you pay more for a title you want to "buy" to play, but it's still all virtual and completely dependent on their service quality? Really?

    So in 6 months, when the service fails due to lack of interest in overpaying for lower quality, all those suckers (err, I mean customers) who paid for games get what? A nod and a wave and a "thanks for your money" note maybe?

    At least with services like Steam, you have some stability to count on for you games to be there for you. I wouldn't trust something like OnLive until it had proven it will be around for a long while. I think that if most people think like me, it will doom the service to failure before it even gets off the starting block.
  9. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,177

    I'll be amazed if this lasts more than a year. I just can't see people paying so much money for this service. The idea is interesting but I imagine the performance is going to be terrible. The price is certainly high IMO.
  10. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TS Guru Posts: 592   +45

    Wow, I thought that this concept might just bring in more people to the PC gaming community, but after seeing their marketing model, I'm afraid that it will fail.
  11. zyodei

    zyodei TS Rookie Posts: 30

    Just what the already overloaded pipes of the Internet needs..people playing high resolution games in real time. What a tremendous waste of a finite resource. Hope it dies fast.
     
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