OnLive MicroConsole Ships For $99 With $10/Month Gaming Plan - HotHardware
OnLive MicroConsole Ships For $99 With $10/Month Gaming Plan

OnLive MicroConsole Ships For $99 With $10/Month Gaming Plan

Is there a future to online game streaming? Maybe. InstantAction was recently forced to shut their doors after their embedded gaming platform didn't catch on, but OnLive seems to be onto something. The idea of being able to plug a simple box into a broadband connection and then stream any major title available is definitely appealing, but we have a long way to go before consumers are willing to go over the expectations of needing a physical console nearby to play a game.


The MicroConsole, introduced this week, could go a long way to changing that perception though. The mini console is coming along with an attractive $9.99 per month flat-rate video game plan, which is titled "PlayPack." It's available today, but only in beta to OnLive Game System owners. It's expected to become available to all OnLive members on Jan. 15, 2011. OnLive will continue to offer its current free trials, 3- and 5-day rentals and Full PlayPass options for a la carte new-release games in addition to the new PlayPack flat-rate plan for access to a growing library of recent, indie and classic games.

The MicroConsole is also shipping today for $99, and it comes with a controller. The idea is to plug this box into your HDTV and have flat-rate access to all-you-can-play gaming. The PlayPack flat-rate plan will comprise more than 40 high-quality games when officially launched, incorporating major franchises immediately recognizable to any gamer. A sampling of the current PlayPack beta game library includes:

•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
•Puzzle Chronicles, Konami
•King's Bounty: Armored Princess, Katauri Interactive
•Ninja Blade, From Software


Like all OnLive titles, PlayPack games play instantly on TVs, via the OnLive Game System, or on a PC or Mac® via a small browser download.

    OnLive Offers $9.99/month Flat-rate Video Game Plan;

    OnLive Game System Shipments Begin

    Flat-rate Plan Offers Unlimited Access to Growing Library of Instant-Play Games

    Palo Alto, Calif., December 2, 2010-OnLive, Inc., the pioneer of on-demand, instant-play video games, today announced details of its new $9.99/month "PlayPack" flat-rate plan, which is immediately available in beta to OnLive Game System owners and available to all OnLive members on January 15, 2011. OnLive will continue to offer its current free trials, 3- and 5-day rentals and Full PlayPass options for a la carte new-release games in addition to the new PlayPack flat-rate plan for access to a growing library of recent, indie and classic games.

    "OnLive's PlayPass and PlayPack plans give players maximum flexibility to try or buy video games," said Michael Pachter, Managing Director, Equity Research Wedbush Securities. "Top-tier titles are available as individual rentals and purchases, while everything else is available at a flat rate. With these programs, OnLive is effectively offering the equivalent of an iTunes/Netflix combo for gaming."

    OnLive today also began shipping the OnLive Game System, a $99 controller and MicroConsole™ bundle, providing instant access on HDTVs to all OnLive games.

    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.

    The PlayPack flat-rate plan will comprise more than 40 high-quality games when officially launched, incorporating major franchises immediately recognizable to any gamer. A sampling of the current PlayPack beta game library includes:

    •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
    •Puzzle Chronicles, Konami
    •King's Bounty: Armored Princess, Katauri Interactive
    •Ninja Blade, From Software

    Like all OnLive titles, PlayPack games play instantly on TVs, via the OnLive Game System, or on a PC or Mac® via a small browser download.

    "OnLive's new PlayPack plan is another example of unique value and convenience unlocked through cloud gaming technology," said Steve Perlman, founder and CEO of OnLive. "People love flat-rate plans for instant-play media, so it's exciting to introduce this offering to the video game market for the first time. With PlayPass games priced from $3.99 to $49.99, along with the new $9.99/mo PlayPack plan, OnLive's growing library of games will suit any budget and any type of gamer, from casual to hardcore."

    Some PlayPack games require a mouse and/or keyboard. The PlayPack flat-rate plan will be offered on a month-to-month basis and can be cancelled at any time.

    For more information about the PlayPack flat-rate plan, visit www.onlive.com/playpack. For additional details on the OnLive Game System, visit www.onlive.com/game-system.

    About OnLive

    OnLive is the pioneer of on-demand, instant-play video game services, delivering real-time interactive experiences and rich media through the Internet. With groundbreaking video compression technology, OnLive harnesses cloud computing to provide the power and intelligence needed to instantly deliver the latest, premium game titles to any HDTV via the OnLive Game System or nearly any PC and Mac via a small browser download. OnLive technology is backed by hundreds of patents and patents pending. The company is headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif. OnLive investors include Warner Bros., Autodesk, Maverick Capital, AT&T, British Telecommunications (BT) and The Belgacom Group. More information is available at www.onlive.com.
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If they haven't improved the 150ms actual latency, I see a lot of kids being very disappointed when you consistently blow their heads off from your gaming rig post-xmas.

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I'm not gonna lie, I think this is going to be a fail.

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it's gonna go under...too many consoles to already compete with..and a pc gamer would not hook this up to their pc, they would just buy the game and play it.

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