OnLive Drops Monthly Access Fee

Everyone’s favorite game-streaming service, OnLive, has changed up its business plan: instead of charging you for access and for games, they’re only going to charge you for games. Since they only went live a few months ago, I’m guessing they weren’t seeing retention rates as high as they’d like. Maybe not. Whatever the reason is, you’re the beneficiary.

You can sign up for a free trial right now, and see how the system works on a few demos before buying a “pass” to play the games for real. With no monthly fee, I can really see this working, as long as you don’t mind the inevitable video quality and lag issues. They keep saying it’s not a problem, but buddy, they’re not fooling anybody. It’s a nice alternative to spending $50 every week or two on a new game you’ll beat over the weekend.