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OnLive is Now Free to Play With No Monthly Fee

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 44 comments

No credit card required to check it out.

If you're weak in the hardware department but you're strong with internet bandwidth, then OnLive could be the gaming solution for you.

OnLive is the gaming service that streams your game input and output over the internet. There's a little lag, but you can actually play modern PC games on machines that would have never dreamed of it.

The game streaming service announced that it has dropped plans for a monthly base fee to access the service. That means that anyone can join and play demos, spectate and interact with other members for free. Playing full games requires payment, of course.

No credit card is needed until the user chooses to purchase time to play.

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    beayn , October 6, 2010 12:06 PM
    Free to play but you must pay to play.
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    beayn , October 6, 2010 12:06 PM
    Free to play but you must pay to play.
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    LATTEH , October 6, 2010 12:06 PM
    TBH it is actually a pretty good service... But i wouldn't buy a game on there i may do a rental (which is cool!)
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    bustapr , October 6, 2010 12:07 PM
    This is a great idea and their deals are good enough to rival Steam in some cases. Just a few days ago they announced you can play any game free for a limited time. Too bad they dont care about Puerto Rico.
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    lradunovic77 , October 6, 2010 12:13 PM
    No thanks
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    lradunovic77 , October 6, 2010 12:14 PM
    This does not compete Steam cause Steam just distributes games. Bottom line please don't enforce cloud computing on us cause people don't want cloud computing.
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    Darkerson , October 6, 2010 12:20 PM
    Might give it a shot, if anything, just to see how well the service works.
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    Onus , October 6, 2010 12:23 PM
    This might be a way to check out a game to see if it might be fun to play, but I plan to make sure my hardware can handle installing the games I want.
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    mchuf , October 6, 2010 12:38 PM
    lradunovic77Bottom line please don't enforce cloud computing on us cause people don't want cloud computing.


    While many people don't, the big companies sure do. They don't want us to own anything. After all, you may be able to convert your old stuff to new formats and not re-buy everything in the new format.
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    Netherscourge , October 6, 2010 12:53 PM
    Free to SAMPLE is more like it.

    I support the idea though.
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    back_by_demand , October 6, 2010 1:03 PM
    Makes a lot of sense, demos are free so why not via a streaming service?

    Big thumbs up to Onlive, all we need now is a rock-solid 24mb connection
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    nologo , October 6, 2010 1:06 PM
    its a great service tbh..i would actually consider buying from this service. you can play the demos for free (all games have 30min demo)
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    nologo , October 6, 2010 1:07 PM
    i was abit worried at first..but its friggin amazing..hooked my hdmi notebook up 2 my tv as well and played it via that. really great. just need a bluetooth dongle to use my ps3 pad
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    halls , October 6, 2010 1:09 PM
    I was given access to the service as a randomly chosen "founding member", and I have to admit it works a lot better than I thought it would. The Wi-Fi compatibility that they added in also works well if your connection is fast enough. I would definitely be up for renting a game on this service, if I happen to be at home for a while where we have a fast connection.

    Unfortunately though, this sounds a lot like it might be the service's dying breath. I don't know much about their business success/failure at the moment, but they are pushing price cuts and free days and what not frantically lately. Good service, I just don't know if it has a niche here in the U.S. yet.
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    rantoc , October 6, 2010 1:12 PM
    I think it will take quite a while before i rather have software elsewhere than installed on my own rig, everyone have heard about the Ubisoft DRM who requires the user to stay online to even play singleplayer and what its users have to say about it when their game can't connect to the servers ect.

    This requires you to stay online at all times as well. The internet of today sinply arent stable enough to ensure 100% interuption/lag free game enviroment. A single dos attack would make EVERY player unable to play their games.

    Cloudcomputing is a great idea however the link between the server and the client is the weak link, especially in game enviroment where latency and disconects are fatal!

    NO THX - Even if its free!
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    nologo , October 6, 2010 1:15 PM
    rantocI think it will take quite a while before i rather have software elsewhere than installed on my own rig, everyone have heard about the Ubisoft DRM who requires the user to stay online to even play singleplayer and what its users have to say about it when their game can't connect to the servers ect.This requires you to stay online at all times as well. The internet of today sinply arent stable enough to ensure 100% interuption/lag free game enviroment. A single dos attack would make EVERY player unable to play their games. Cloudcomputing is a great idea however the link between the server and the client is the weak link, especially in game enviroment where latency and disconects are fatal!NO THX - Even if its free!

    have you tried it?dont comment without trying it.. its really impressive tbh.. although i think its a few years before it can fully go.
    TRY THE DEMO'S AND THEN COMMENT
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    Regulas , October 6, 2010 1:46 PM
    Fail
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    mchuf , October 6, 2010 2:46 PM
    I've tried it out on my pc that only uses integrated graphics. It works just like advertisaed, which really surprised me. The graphics are a little soft though. But the aspect of not even having a game on my hard drive is what really bothers me. If the service closes down, then all the money spent is gone. At least with Steam and other download services, there are cracks available that let me keep the product if it ever comes to that. I do use it to play demos and I may even rent a game or two when I have more time. But I will never "buy" a game on this service.
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    bildo123 , October 6, 2010 2:59 PM
    lradunovic77This does not compete Steam cause Steam just distributes games. Bottom line please don't enforce cloud computing on us cause people don't want cloud computing.


    Enforce...? Nobodies "enforcing" anything. They're offering a service. Oh wait, its another Dunkin Donuts! They're enforcing cinnamon glazed muffins upon you! What a world what a world o0o0...Whats up with all the tinfoil hattery and conspiracy BS lately?
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    nexus9113 , October 6, 2010 3:16 PM
    It's not a horrible service, but you need to have a decent connection. Testing on both my 50MB connection at home and my friend's 3MB the big difference came in the issues of video artifacting (digital tiliing to be precise) and some occasionaly slow control response on his connection.

    I had no issues with mine, but I also wonder if it had something to do with the location and load of their servers. I'm not 100% sure of where the server I was connecting to was located, I think they only have 2 or 3 clusters across the country.

    Picture wasn't bad, seems a little blurry to me (was running it on my 46" TV) but I'm not aware what the quality of the feed was (1080p, 720p), there wasn't any option to view or change it.

    Not a bad program for people who travel a lot in their work and don't want to haul around a 15-20lb desktop replacement, as long as they can get on a strong network. Otherwise as a home option, meh, if you can afford a fast connection (AKA the premium and up tiers) at about $50/mo and up for your net to have reliability on this service, you can probably afford an at least halfway decent gaming rig.
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    sliem , October 6, 2010 3:22 PM
    The bandwidth requirement is insane.
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