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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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85. Re: On OnLive Game Prices Jun 22, 2010, 14:44 I've Got The News Blues
 
Beamer wrote on Jun 22, 2010, 12:30:
The content owners were a bit desperate. The internet was full of their content in ways they had absolutely zero control of.
Sounds like the state of video game piracy to them.

For one, the content providers aren't giddy about OnLive. They're indifferent, unlike Hulu.
You are wrong on that. In their eyes cloud gaming services like OnLive solves every major problem the video game industry has.

If it works and they get more sales they think it's cool, but it's nothing they're putting time and effort into.
Games have to be customized for OnLive, and I doubt that the publishers are turning over the code to their games for OnLive to do it. Publishers are using the OnLive SDK themselves which means they have to devote at least some development effort to it.

They're not really "backing" OnLive, like Hulu was backed.
They eventually will to get it to scale.
You have the service itself, but signing up for a subscription is a lot of effort and a big mental barrier.
It's no more of a barrier than signing up for a Netflix subscription, and it's less trouble than signing up for an MMO since there is no large game to download and install.

Then there's the mental block of paying for something they never hold.
Like cable television, iTunes, and utilities?

OnLive is marginally beneficial to both.
OnLive is more than just marginally beneficial to the game publishers. On paper it solves most of their current problems: losses from piracy and used game sales, separate game development for multiple platforms, console licensing and certification costs, and retail space payola. The potential benefits of cloud gaming to their bottom lines are enormous IF they can unify game development and delivery around this single platform.

I agree that for now consumers are the ones who gain little additional benefits from OnLive and lose many current benefits because there are alternative game platforms and delivery methods. However that won't be true for long if the game publishers get their way.

This comment was edited on Jun 22, 2010, 15:18.
 
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