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OnLive Gaming Service Launches; 1st Year is Free

With more than 20 games available at launch, OnLive allows users to play the likes of Mass Effect 2, Assassin's Creed 2 and Unreal Tournament without having to install them on their machine. Celebrating its launch by offering users a one-year membership for free (second year is discounted at $5/month), OnLive requires a 5-megabit internet connection and is compatible with all Macs and most PCs. Once users are registered and a member of OnLive, they can purchase 3- or 5-day passes to play any game as a rental. Users can also purchase games via a 'Full Playpass,' which allows for unlimited play of the game.

While trusting servers thousands of miles away to provide seamless game play seems like a lot to ask of people, Steve Perlman, founder and CEO of OnLive told PC World the lag factor everyone is worrying about is not an issue because tests have proven it can work. "Ninety-nine percent haven't had any lag complaints," said Perlman

Perlman's claims will be put to the test over the next few weeks as more and more people flock to to try out the service.

At the moment it's only available in the U.S. with European launch scheduled for a later date. Also coming later is a TV-connected micro console, which will allow gamers to buy and play games without the need for a console.

  • builderbobftw

    Now macs can play Crysis!

  • rockhamster
    I'll wait for the reviews to come in before trying it.
    Why not provide us with the link to go sign up for this? Although I could Google it, too.
  • bison88
    I'm going to watch and see what the gullible people say about it before I comment on this, but NO I will not be trying this for the time being. I like physically owning my games.
  • sliem
    5 megabits?? gosh. I only have 1.x. Upgrading to 5 would be too expensive. No thanks.
  • lespy
    just more noobs to frag.
  • jaxom08
    THERE IS NO WHERE TO ACTUALLY "SIGN UP",THEY HAVE THE STUPID FOUNDING MEMBERS PROGRAM BUT THATS IT. you have to wait to get an e-mail from them just to see if you're accept. if they really wanted this thing to take off,they would have made it more readily available at this so called launch. as for now it's junk and nothing more then a website
  • gosefroba
    i was in the beta and would not recommend, i have a 45mbit down and 20 up still lagged bad!
  • Trueno07
    Honestly, my internet would create more lag than my computer :(
  • nevertell
    Why no linux support ? It must be hell of a lot easier to port this than an actual game.