OnLive is back and this time around it is bringing with it several new innovations. The cloud gaming company stopped operating more than year and a half ago after it sold its assets and fired its staff. The investment firm that bought the company is bringing the service back and taking a different approach to make sure that past mistakes don’t happen again.
OnLive will still be delivering streaming games but customers will no longer be able to purchase game titles which can only be accessed through the cloud. Instead, the company is introducing two new subscription models called PlayPack and CloudLift.
With PlayPack customers will be able to access over 250 gaming titles for $9.99 a month. The games can be accessed using an Android device, PC or Mac. The games are all streamed from the cloud. Saves and settings are also stored in the cloud with no option for offline play since the game isn’t going to be downloaded.
CloudLift costs a little bit more at $14.99 a month. It also has a few extra features which makes it more attractive such as linking with Steam. This allows customers who already purchased the game license to be able to stream the game from the OnLive cloud. Customers will also be able to purchase Steam codes from OnLive to access more games.
OnLive’s Executive Chairman Mark Jung said that “We’ve listened to our players. They want the convenience of instant access to their games wherever they are, but they also want to own the game and be able to play it locally on their home PC. With this new offering, we’re continuing to expand on the compatibility, freedom and instant access our users enjoy, with the added flexibility of owning a local copy of their games.”
With CloudLift customers can play their favorite title on their PC. Then when they are out they can sign in to their OnLive account on their Android tablet and continue playing where they left off. If for instance customers stop paying for the subscription they don’t lose the ability to play the games just the ability to sync data on the cloud.
OnLive’s lead investor Gary Lauder said that “OnLive has continued to innovate in its technology and its business models. With our new CloudLift service, and other exciting offerings in the works, we have created a win for all parties: gamers, publishers, digital distributors and OnLive. We’re defining a roadmap that keeps OnLive at the forefront of cloud gaming and cloud computing.”
The 20 games that are initially available include the following titles.
- Batman: Arkham City
- Batman: Arkham Asylum
- Saints Row IV
- Darksiders II: Death Lives
- Metro 2033
- Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition
- Lego The Lord of the Rings
- Dead Island
- Red Falcon: Armageddon
- Scribblenauts Unlimited
- The Raven
- Batman: Arkham Origins
- The Book if Unwritten Tales: The Critter Chronicles
- Strike Suit Zero
- Dead Island Riptide
- Truck Racer
- Painkiller: Hell & Damnation
- The Lego Movie – Videogame
- MX Vs ATV Reflex