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On OnLive Game Prices

Now that OnLive is live, details have emerged on Eurogamer.net outlining how much games will cost on the service, in addition to OnLive fees (which are not being charged yet). They show Brain Challenge for $4.99, F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin for $19.99, Just Cause 2 for $49.99, and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction for $59.99. Those are all pretty much in line for the prices for those games at retail, except in this case you will need to maintain your OnLive subscription to keep playing these games, and even then, access to these titles is only certain for the next three years, as they all carry a "rental duration" which reads: "Until at least 17th June 2013."

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87. Re: On OnLive Game Prices Jun 22, 2010, 15:03 I've Got The News Blues
 
Verno wrote on Jun 22, 2010, 14:35:
Everyone has limits as the music industry found out the hard way.
No, what the music industry learned is that if you can't control the unauthorized distribution of your product and you don't offer an attractively priced and easily accessible alternative, people will download your product for free. That's not the case with cloud gaming services like OnLive. Even if the price is initially seen as unattractive due to the existence of alternative platforms, there is simply no way for consumers to steal and distribute the content.

It also helps if you have something that people really want and OnLive isn't offering anything that cannot be found elsewhere.
As I have stated that is only true for now.

you're ignoring the fact that the industry's big players had a hard enough time accepting Steam
But, now that the large publishers have embraced digital distribution that is no longer an issue. Plus OnLive doesn't have the potential risks that Steam did especially since the company is not also a competing game developer and publisher like Valve.

Cloud gaming in North America faces some pretty significant issues due to the huge distribution of population and lack of any real organized effort at a national broadband infrastructure. That's without going into usage caps and the other crap that's also been a problem for digital distribution.
Those are the same issues that digital distribution faces, but they certainly haven't stopped it from being successful. With ISP's like AT&T as partners in OnLive, those issues won't keep it from being successful.

This comment was edited on Jun 22, 2010, 15:11.
 
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