OnLive drops monthly fees

US-based OnLive offers free demos, video and messaging.

OnLive, the cloud-based gaming service which lets you play killer titles without a console, has just confirmed that it’s completely scrapping monthly fees.

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Previously, US gamers had to pay $15 a month for the privilege of getting their hands on demos and messaging pals using the service, although a trial did allow you to bypass the monthly cost.

On its official blog, OnLive said, “Although we wish we could have confirmed no monthly fee 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. Now that we’ve reached that stage, we can confidently say a monthly fee is not needed.”

The service is currently only available in the States, with gamers able to buy three or five day passes for games, or buy them outright. BT said earlier this year that it was planning on bundling OnLive with some of its broadband packages.

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Via Engadget