OnLive, the pioneer of on-demand video game options, has announced the details of their upcoming flat-rate PlayPack plan.
The option allows gamers to pay $9.99/month for access to a continually growing library of over 40 games.
OnLive’s PlayPack plan is similar to the model Netflix is using for its streaming only service - and, as the library and service expands, could be revolutionary for the video game industry.
“The PlayPack option is available, in beta, starting today for owners of the OnLive Game System free of charge. The PlayPack game library will steadily expand up to and beyond the January 15, 2011 launch date. After this introductory beta period, the PlayPack flat-rate plan will be available as a $9.99/month option for all OnLive members, including those PlayPack beta members who choose to continue with the plan.”
Anyone unfamiliar with OnLive should check out GameRant’s OnLive impressions for a rundown of the service but, in short, OnLive offers on-demand video games through cloud-based technology. Owners of a PC, Mac, or OnLive’s MicroConsole, can stream the games they want to play - over their current broadband connection. This not only eliminates the need to buy multiple consoles and physical titles, but allows gamers with older computers to enjoy games by letting OnLive do all of the hardware intensive work.
OnLive is a new service, but is expanding rapidly - and already offers several different options. The newly announced PlayPack plan is great for those that want unlimited access to a large library of games, but may not be ideal for more casual gamers. Thankfully, OnLive is still offering a free trial, three and five day rental, and Full PlayPass options for individual games. Users that buy a Full PlayPass for a game are given unlimited access to that title, as if they owned the game.
PlayPack is still in its beta stage, but here is a sampling of currently available titles.
- Prince of Persia, Ubisoft
- NBA 2K10, 2K Sports
- Tomb Raider: Underworld, Square-Enix
- F.E.A.R. 2, Warner Bros
- Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X., Ubisoft
- Unreal Tournament 3, Epic
- Vin Diesel Wheelman, Ubisoft
- LEGO® Batman, Warner Bros
- Defense Grid Gold, Hidden Path
- Saw, Konami
- World of Goo, 2D Boy
As the service evolves, OnLive will continue to add new games and expand their library - some will remain PlayPass games that are purchased a la carte, while others will be added to the PlayPack library. The most encouraging aspect of the service is the promise of classic and indie games - in addition to modern games.
The combination of OnLive’s MicroConsole and the PlayPack plan could be a match made in heaven. Imagine an inexpensive $99 console along with a $9.99/month plan that could flawlessly play Halo: Reach, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Uncharted 2, and World of Warcraft. If OnLive lives up to its promises and offers a strong library of games, they may hold the key to the future of gaming.
Is OnLive the future of gaming? What do you think of paying a flat monthly fee in exchange for unlimited access to games?
The Onlive PlayPack Plan is free for owners of OnLive’s MicroConsole (which is available now for $99) until January 15, 2011. Then, it will be open to all OnLive users for $9.99/month.