OnLive Dropping Monthly Fee from Service

By Brian Leahy, Oct 04, 2010 2:40pm PDT OnLive will be dropping the monthly fee from its service model, though it has yet to actually levy any monthly fees from its users. All existing subscribers were operating under the Founder's Program, which waived the previously planned monthly fee for a full year.

This means that anyone will be able to download the OnLive application for access to "free Instant-play Demos, Free Massive Spectating, Free Brag Clip videos, messaging, friending" and a credit card will only be required to purchase game passes.

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!

More updates are promised in the future, including details on the planned MicroConsole--which will hook up to a television--and more international announcements. Dropping the monthly fee is definitely a step in the right direction, but I still wish I was able to use the games I already own elsewhere with the service. I'd probably pay a monthly fee for that...

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  • @snii

    One thing you didn't mention is that developers now won't have to dumb down the quality of cutscenes because of disk space requirements. Anyone who bought Gears of War for the PC knows what I mean if they've seen the 360 version. This also means that there is less excuse to have smaller levels for load time or controls and AI that are dumbed down for consoles. It also means that developers like Valve can have all the free DLC and updates they want without having to pay M$ ti re-certify their game and drive up development costs. They can take the money they save and hire permanent QA employees rather than letting M$ farm it out to lowest bidder contractors.

    In short, OnLive is a big waffle cone of WIN for developers.