While those of you in the U.S. have been enjoying video game streaming from OnLive for well over a year now, us Brits across the Atlantic have been forced to look on in envy while we wait for another 9GB game to install on our PCs. But not for any longer, because OnLive has finally launched in the U.K.
The cloud-hosted gaming service, which currently works on Macs, PCs and TVs — with support for tablets coming soon — is now available to those in the U.K., with over 100 titles currently on offer. Users can choose to purchase games separately, with a special launch deal that means your first game is just £1 (approx. $1.55), or they can choose to pay a monthly fee of £6.99 (approx. $10.78) for access to 100 titles.
If you’re unsure about signing up for the monthly package, you can set up a free account to access demos of around 150 top-tier games for half an hour each. OnLive has also partnered up with British telephone and broadband provider BT, which is offering lucky customers three months of unlimited play completely free.
Warren Buckley, managing director of BT Retail’s customer service, said that OnLive is “yet another reason to choose BT” for broadband:
“The three months free PlayPack subscription is a great offer for BT broadband customers and there are no strings attached.
“It’s not part of a contract and we’re waiving usage allowances until the New Year. We just want to give our customers the chance to try it, and with more than 100 premium games available, choosing what to play will be the hardest part.”
“This is yet another reason for customers to choose BT for their broadband. Of course, our superfast, up to 40Mb, BT Infinity fibre broadband, is ideal for something like OnLive gaming.”
I believe that OnLive is a magnificent service, and I’m thrilled to have access to a huge library of games on my Mac without taking up any of my precious storage space. Before you go dropping your current provider to join BT, or signing up to OnLive’s £6.99/month service, however, check out the free trial first. I’ll be using this before I sign up, simply to ensure I get a smooth service with my broadband connection.
Will you be signing up to OnLive now that it’s finally in the U.K.?