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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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45. Re: On OnLive Game Prices Jun 22, 2010, 05:03 I've Got The News Blues
 
Warskull wrote on Jun 22, 2010, 03:42:
...or we could just buy the AAA games, like we already do.
Until that option disappears. The longer term goal of this service is to replace that option, and it will most likely start with some big game exclusives to get people weaned on the service.

This service is insane.
It is now because you have other options. Some day in the not too distant future it will be the only choice for AAA games, and then it will look much more reasonable.

This is a somewhat obscure service
It's obscure now, but with enough promotion and game tie-ins it won't be. A great example of how this will work is Hulu. No one ever heard of Hulu either until the big money content providers took the idea of web video already established by YouTube and created their own service for their content. OnLive or at least cloud gaming will be successful because those who are behind it control most of the content in the game market.

why would you cut out the lucrative console market to make your game online exclusive?
They are thinking longer term. The current console generation is getting long in the tooth, and there very likely won't be a next console generation due to the financial obstacles. Microsoft and Sony lost too much this last round on it to do it again. OnLive or some other version of cloud gaming will most likely be the next video game console.

Its much easier to just make your money via DLC on the consoles. If you want a digital only, no used copy service, both Xbox 360 and PS3 have something like that.
It's easier for now, but unified cloud gaming is much more profitable once consumers have moved past the current generation of consoles.

This comment was edited on Jun 22, 2010, 05:52.
 
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