X86 PC BASED Onlive, the virtual gaming system for console less PC and Mac owners, has been launched.
First talked about last year, Onlive was launched at E3, where those involved were offering to give it away.
In a blog post Steve Perlman, OnLive founder and CEO said that for US users at least the service will be free, so long as they order early and with AT&T. A recurring monthly $4.95 charge is quoted for the second year, so we can only assume that this is what other users will have to pay for the first year.
This founding members programme deal runs until it runs out, as Perlman has it. "It's an awesome deal delivered on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to availability," he said. Last month the firm announced that BT will carry its service in the UK, yet no equivalently fantastic deal has been announced here, and nor has a definite availability date.
In the meantime we can enjoy the news that US gamers will have twenty titles to choose from at launch, including Assassin's Creed 2, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction, Mass Effect 2, Borderlands, Fear 2, Batman: Arkham Asylum and Dragon Age.
Despite people being quite happy to buy consoles, the firm is sticking with its notion that we will clamber over each other to snap up its service.
Perlman called it "the emergence of a new era in videogames that stands to utterly transform the way we create, distribute and play games and interact with each other when playing them."
Onlive will also include social networking type features, such as the ability to create a video network, while non-players will be able to log in and watch games as they happen. µ
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