Full games must be paid separately and cost from $9.99 to $49.99, depending on the title. To be fair, the service hasnít actually charged this monthly fee to anyone yet, as it offered a launch promotion that included free access for a year to all its ďfounding membersĒ (or everyone who signed up). Nevertheless, OnLive broke some good news yesterday that will make the service much more appealing in one simple move: they have scraped fees altogether.
Apparently this was the plan all along but it couldn't be announced until they had built a large base of regular users and looked at usage patters to figure out whether the service could be supported without monthly subscriptions. This means instant-play demos, massive spectating, brag clip videos, messaging and other community features will be available for free. Youíll still have to pay for games in a rental or full access basis, but paying only for the content you want to use makes a lot more sense. Unfortunately all the other drawback are still there Ė any game you purchase is locked to OnLive, no playing offline or installing to your local hard drive.