We normally pay to play games – but it’s only one at a time, or we have to wait for them to show up in the mail. But OnLive’s got another plan called PlayPack, and it’s available to OnLive Game System owners now as a beta (the MicroConsole bundles for HDTVs are shipping now, by the way) and all OnLive users on January 15. PlayPack lets you stream your games, kind of like Netflix, for a flat $9.99 per month.
If you’re not into paying a recurring monthly fee, that’s fine – the service will continue to offer free trials, as well as 3- and 5-day rentals and à la carte PlayPass “purchases” which are guaranteed for three years.
“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.”
The PlayPack library will continue to expand between now and the option’s official launch on January 15, 2011. By then, it should include more than 40 games – with some pretty recognizable titles slated to be available:
- 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
I guess that’s one less time I’d be digging for a disc, anyway. Are you into streaming your games for a flat rate? It might save you some cash, but it looks like you’ll be playing stuff that’s a little older (like, really – check out NBA 2K10, that’s like, so last year). What do you think?