That’s right – OnLive’s CEO Steve Perlman announced today in a blog post that they have decided there will no longer be a monthly fee to use the OnLive service. A bit odd, I know, for a service that has never actually charged a fee; you see OnLive has been giving a free year to those who were want to try it out in its infancy. However, it was the plan to charge $14.95/month for the service once out of the testing phase, a fact that seemed like an insurmountable roadblock to gamers intrigued by adopting the service.
Mr. Perlman explains the dramatic pricing change with the following statement: “Although we wish we could have confirmed no monthly free from the get-go, pioneering a major new video game paradigm is hard: we had to first grow to a large base of regular users before we could understand usage patterns and operating costs.” Additionally, Mr. Perlman confirmed that the MicroConsole and Game Pad Controllers, used to bring OnLive to your TV, were actually in manufacturing as you read this, suggesting that they just might make their 2010 release window (though who really knows).
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