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OnLive Launches in June: Monthly Fee Doesn't Include Games

Startup OnLive announces their cloud-based gaming and content delivery service will launch on June 17 during this year's E3, also revealing the service will carry a $14.95 USD subscription fee, though the first 25,000 users who sign up through this OnLive Registration Page will get their first three months for free. Subscriptions do not include separate fees for the rental or purchase of games, as word is: "Waiver of Service Fee includes free access to OnLive’s Game Service including game demos, video profiles and community features, but does not include playing full versions of games, which are to be purchased or rented separately." There's more on this in this OnLive Blog by Steve Perlman, where the OnLive CEO says: "Once you are on the service, instant-play, top-tier, newly-released games will be for sale and for rent on an à la carte basis. Specific pricing will be announced as games are released, so you’ll hear about the pricing of the first games by E3, but needless to say, we expect them to be offered at competitive prices. Games are always updated with the latest versions, and purchased game add-ons are playable instantly."

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25. Re: OnLive Launches in June: Monthly Fee Doesn't Include Games Mar 10, 2010, 16:55 Flatline
 
Grifter wrote on Mar 10, 2010, 15:46:
yea but i have to pay a subscription fee just to access the service and then pay for the games thereafter. So unless the games are deeply discounted from what i would pay retail which they probably won't I just don't see the incentive.

and then pray i have a good enough connection to play it.

The news blurb says they're pricing the games "competitively". Which usually means that you're going to be paying roughly the same price as if you bought the game in a store.

I have 3 "purchase" price tier predictions: Either 50 dollars per game, which would be suicide, 35 dollars per game (which would at least be on par the first month with purchasing a game for the PC say) or 15-20 dollars, which would be the price point that I'd roughly start to vaguely consider cost-effective for my money.

The *only* way this will work as a price structure is if OnLive makes little to no money on each game sale, because game publishers are going to want their standard cut of the action. In fact, for AAA titles, they might want a cut of the subscription revenues too. This happens in movie theaters. Ever notice why some theaters always have the blockbuster movies and others have to wait for second release? It's not as bad now as it used to be, but say 10 or 15 years ago it was really prevalent. Some theater chains (Century for instance) would promise 100% or even 110% of the box office revenues to the movie distributor, and make their entire profit off of concessions (9 dollar bags of popcorn anyone?). The other theater chains would offer 50-75% of the box office.

Don't forget the limited markets, the bandwidth issues, and they remain strangely silent on how much the boxes themselves are going to cost (to play on the TV. Playing in a web browser seems highly unlikely to be a major usage). I predict a minimum of a 100 dollar entry point, possibly spiking as high as 200 dollars depending on how insane they are.

And let's see how successful they remain when their servers go down and their entire customer base is freaking out.
 
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