OnLive Offering Preregistered Gang A Free Year Of Service

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Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -

In a recent batch of emails, OnLive revealed that it is quadrupling its original free subscription offer to those first 25,000 lucky souls who preregistered for the service. Instead of three months as previously announced, these optimistic folks--after completing registration before June 3--will receive 12-months of the $15.00-per-month cloud-based, online streaming gaming service for free--and with no future obligations. 

But, wait, that's not all! These preregisterers, like our own tdk08 who shared his e-mail with me, will also get his or her choice of a free game alongside this new promotional offer, giving them something to do with the service without having to drop a single dime. To put a face on what will be available at some point after the service launches: two Vin Diesel games, Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena and Wheelman, as well as several non-Diesel titles like Mirror's Edge, Prince of Persia, and F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin have been confirmed along with several other games according to our OnLive page.

OnLive launches on June 17 for the PC and Mac, and according to Big Download, OnLive is not taking anymore pre-registrations before its launch. 
 
How many of you pre-registered for the service? Do you think OnLive will be able to deliver? Sound off in the comments and on the boards!
#1 Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -

In a recent batch of emails, OnLive revealed that it is quadrupling its original free subscription offer to those first 25,000 lucky souls who preregistered for the service. Instead of three months as previously announced, these optimistic folks--after completing registration before June 3--will receive 12-months of the $15.00-per-month cloud-based, online streaming gaming service for free--and with no future obligations. 

But, wait, that's not all! These preregisterers, like our own tdk08 who shared his e-mail with me, will also get his or her choice of a free game alongside this new promotional offer, giving them something to do with the service without having to drop a single dime. To put a face on what will be available at some point after the service launches: two Vin Diesel games, Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena and Wheelman, as well as several non-Diesel titles like Mirror's Edge, Prince of Persia, and F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin have been confirmed along with several other games according to our OnLive page.

OnLive launches on June 17 for the PC and Mac, and according to Big Download, OnLive is not taking anymore pre-registrations before its launch. 
 
How many of you pre-registered for the service? Do you think OnLive will be able to deliver? Sound off in the comments and on the boards!
#2 Edited by Kyreo (4600 posts) -

sweet 
 
EDIT: No Quest?  WTF?

#3 Posted by DoctorWelch (2774 posts) -

Fuck, I didnt get it 

#4 Posted by steve86uk (42 posts) -

Is this US only? 

#5 Posted by Guyzea (816 posts) -

So Onlive is a low-res version of Gamefly?

#6 Posted by roc_553 (210 posts) -

"Do you with you did now?"

#7 Posted by Binman88 (3689 posts) -
@Brad Nicholson said: 

Do you with you did now?

Did you bite your tongue when you wrote that? :P

#8 Posted by myslead (929 posts) -
 Do you with you did now?   
indeed 
#9 Posted by BeachThunder (12086 posts) -
@roc_553 said:
" "Do you with you did now?" "
Beyond & Good Evil!
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#10 Posted by StormTrooper (41 posts) -

i got the email a couple days ago.  i had totally forgotten i'd preregistered and now i get a free year and a free game, which is pretty sweet. 
 
i really hope this thing doesn't suck.

#11 Posted by louiedog (2335 posts) -

I got in, but I don't know if I care enough to give them my credit card.

#12 Posted by samcotts (2258 posts) -

I hope OnLive is a complete failure. Horrible idea that should die ASAP.

#13 Posted by ZmillA (2273 posts) -

I wish I preordered :(

#14 Posted by nanikore (2740 posts) -

I did, with I did now.

#15 Posted by AlwaysAngry (2924 posts) -

I with there wasn't a typo...

#16 Posted by Jeffk38uk (716 posts) -

If it works as intended, then it's a pretty good deal, if it doesnt, then the offer makes it look a little desparate.
 
One can but keep looking in the future to see if it holds up.

#17 Posted by yani (413 posts) -

While the idea has promise, it will fail at this price point.  If they offered games at a lower price then maybe, but probably not.

#18 Posted by c_rakestraw (853 posts) -

Aw man, now I wish I singed up. I would have gladly done so if I knew I would be getting a free year of service!

#19 Posted by Peacemaker (1106 posts) -

I did sign up, guess I was too late. 

#20 Posted by Rodiard (441 posts) -

I preregistered and signed up for this promotion last night. I'm skeptical that it will deliver but I'll certainly give it a try for free :)

#21 Posted by SJSchmidt93 (4896 posts) -

So this is being posted when all the registrations are over?

#22 Posted by Smallville123 (416 posts) -

free for a year plus a free game....ill see how it goes :)  The beta wasnt to bad.

#23 Posted by WickedCobra03 (2109 posts) -

 Still, even with that free subscription, you are still going to have to pay for the games, and I as Microsoft on Xbox Live, all of their games are going to be over priced, and probably go for retail MSRP. so what is the point of digital?  Help mother Earth?  After BP's recent oil spill, I don't think anyone can rag on me for being not environmentally aware.
 
All digital does is makes getting games at midnight viable and reduces a bit of clutter, but then it takes 6 am to download anyways (for most services sans onlive), but with onLive, you have to be online all the time which means you have to; one, always have an ISP and two, always have an active subscription to On Live, otherwise all the games you paid for are non-accessible.
 
No thanks.

#24 Edited by wafflestomp (251 posts) -

Got my email and registered already. I am very curious to see how well it works.

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#25 Posted by wh1terav3n (659 posts) -

I got the promotion a few days ago and signed up. Even if the service sucks...free is free right?

#26 Posted by wonderhare (350 posts) -
@SJSchmidt93 said:
" So this is being posted when all the registrations are over? "
#27 Posted by hpv (177 posts) -

I tried the beta out.  It seems like it sort of works, which is amazing in itself, but I don't see it being a serious platform for gaming.  The lag while playing is noticeable and their pricing model is going to kill it.  You've got to pay basically full price for games you can't even run on your own hardware if you wanted to.  That's just crazy.

#28 Edited by MayorFeedback (674 posts) -

Yeah, I got the same offer and I'll try it but I'm not super optimistic.

#29 Posted by ribeye (411 posts) -

i think the timing of onlive is perfect even if everyone's internet speeds aren't quite there yet they will be soon.  correct me if i'm wrong but i think i remember seeing a minimum 8 meg connection required with 16 meg or higher recommended.  i have a 5 meg connection right now but then again i live in BFI, it'll get there soon 
 
i'm interested and i'll keep my eye on it but i haven't signed up yet, i hope it does well, once the internet catches up i don't see why it would take away from the experience in any way 
 
now, what does the controller look like for this thing?..
#30 Posted by MysteriousBob (6272 posts) -

How many of you pre-registered for the service? Do you think OnLive will be able to deliver? Sound off in the comments and on the boards!" 
Did I accidentally click on a Destructiod link?

#31 Edited by Clbull (127 posts) -

To be fair, I don't think that OnLive will deliver its promise. You are going to need some unrealistically powerful servers, with tons of bandwidth to support a gaming-on-demand service. On the other hand, maybe they've found a solution to all of this. 
 
Anyway, I predict that OnLive could easily flop based on any of 3 things:

  • Frequent hardware/connection issues (e.g. server downtime, lag, connectivity issues. Its a cloud-computing based service so it would be reliant on servers and connectivity.)
  • Pricing (Apparently the service is $15 per month and you'll still have to buy games for a high price, perhaps even retail or more expensive than retail.)
  • Lack of developer support. Many platforms flopped or underachieved (e.g. the Wii) due to lack of third party support. And what happens once you end up with next to no good games on a platform? Declining sales. However, I think a lot of PC developers could jump to it as it won't be too easy to pirate games through this service.
#32 Posted by indians34521 (46 posts) -

I got the email yesterday. So psyched to get it, but I dont think it will be all that great. Whatever, free game.
#33 Posted by louiedog (2335 posts) -
@WickedCobra03 said:
"  Still, even with that free subscription, you are still going to have to pay for the games, and I as Microsoft on Xbox Live, all of their games are going to be over priced, and probably go for retail MSRP. 
 
This is the biggest problem with the service. You have to (most likely) pay retail prices for games and $15/month. If you want to keep playing these games in 5 years, you're going to have to keep paying the fee. That's $360 every two years that you could instead spend on upgrades to your computer. That combined with the money you could save by buying boxed games at retail and waiting for steam sales adds up. You could instead have a perfectly functional gaming computer AND be able to play your games down the road without that continual $15/month.
 
Of course they still haven't given out a ton of details. Maybe down the road you'll be able to give them $3.95 shipping and handling to send you the disc and key for the game when you cancel the service.
#34 Posted by EndlessMike (518 posts) -

Hold up. You pay 15 bucks a month just for the service and then pay for the individual games as well? That sounds crazy.

#35 Posted by dvorak (1497 posts) -

The answer is: No. Never.

#36 Posted by Gav47 (1542 posts) -

Until I can get a broadband service with no download cap this will not be a viable alternative to discs and downloads.

#37 Posted by Subject2Change (2966 posts) -
@MysteriousBob:  Yes you did, cause Brad is an editor at Destructoid.
#38 Posted by Tordah (2480 posts) -

No thanks. Not interested.

#39 Posted by Jayzilla (2567 posts) -

If this was in HD, which it's not, and if it was like a streaming rental service with a ton of games it would do gangbusters. Offering titles from two years ago is crazy. Offering titles from two years ago without HD is asinine.

#40 Posted by CptBedlam (4453 posts) -

Haha, 180 bucks a year AND you have to buy the games!? Or you could just buy a console for 200-300 $ and you're good for a few years of gaming.

#41 Posted by nick69 (625 posts) -
@samcotts said:
" I hope OnLive is a complete failure. Horrible idea that should die ASAP. "
I agree. 
#42 Edited by fooflighter737 (172 posts) -

Sounds like it has FAIL written all over it...
 
My prediction it will come out with glitches and lag, shut down for a few days while they patch it, then come back with some reference to the user end bandwidth not being enough to support the video algorithm...blah, blah, blah, then die a quick death

#43 Posted by TheClap (538 posts) -

25,000 beta testers. Smart idea, let's hope it works...and that the pricing model works/changes.

#44 Posted by Milkman (17007 posts) -

June 17? What? Really? I thought this was months away. I can't believe this thing is actually coming out.

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#45 Posted by warmonked (362 posts) -

I was in the beta and no intention of ever signing up for the live service, given the $15/month fee. However, the free 12 months + game is something I'm absolutely going to give a try. I have low expectations for twitch-fps games, but hopefully there'll be plenty of rpgs or strategy games to try.

#46 Posted by MeatSim (10893 posts) -

I sitll don't like the idea of OnLive.

#47 Posted by sublime90 (541 posts) -

i got the same email and im actually not interested now. i couldnt be bothered to type in all my credit card info for something i actually dont care about.

#48 Posted by SeriouslyNow (8534 posts) -

DES-PER-A-TION.  YAHHHHH!

#49 Posted by DukesT3 (1928 posts) -

I hope they at least offer a free week for something cause yea I'm still on the fence with this service. If it actually works for single player games.. then I might give it a shot.

#50 Posted by ebritt (149 posts) -

From now and forever going foward, games can only fall into two categories: 
Vin Diesel games and non-Vin Diesel games

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