Paying for the service and then paying again to rent the game is a bad deal. It's why On-live failed and it doesn't make me hopeful for this service.
Other write-ups made it sound like an either or thing.
Yeah, but you'll still have to pay for the service then pay for the game either/or rent the game. Your basically paying to play the game that you bought/rented, online or single player. Its an always-online system. Its OnLive.
From the playstation blog
"We want to offer you choice when it comes to how you want to access content on PS Now, so you will be able to rent by title for specific games you are interested in. We’ll also offer a subscription that will enable you to explore a range of titles."
Considering the proportion of people on this site that complained about their internet connection not being stable enough to enjoy the Xbox One's initial online only plan, I'm surprised at the positive reception so far for this feature. Judging by the reaction last year, about half of you should never be able to consistently enjoy this.
Well it is an optional service to provide backwards compatibility not a requirement to play new games.