OnLive launches $10/month gaming plan

Flat-rate PlayPack plan to launch on Jan. 15, 2011; will allow complete access to 40 games, including Prince of Persia, Tomb Raider, F.E.A.R. 2, and more.

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In October, OnLive revealed it was scrapping its plans to charge a $15 monthly fee just to access its online gaming service. Today, though, it announced a new $10-per-month "PlayPack Plan" that will give access to not only the service, but an array of games starting on January 15, 2011. Those who own the OnLive microconsole (see below) can join the PlayPack Plan immediately in beta form.

OnLive's microconsole and controller.

Besides access to the game-streaming service, the PlayPack Plan's $10 monthly price tag carries with it entree to a 40-game library bearing some high-profile titles. These include Prince of Persia, NBA 2K10, Tomb Raider: Underworld, F.E.A.R. 2, Tom Clancy's HAWX, Unreal Tournament III, Wheelman, Lego Batman, and World of Goo. The company's five-day and three-day passes to single titles remain available, with prices ranging from $6 to $9. Prices for Full PlayPasses for a la carte titles vary from $4 to $50 and allow unlimited play of the game.

OnLive's announcement comes the same day it began shipping its TV-compatible microconsole to consumers. For $99, OnLive Game System purchasers will receive a microconsole TV adapter, an OnLive wireless controller, HDTV cables, and a Full PlayPass for any game on the OnLive Network. Previously, OnLive was only playable on PCs and Macs via a browser download.

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