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OnLive's $10 per month flat-rate game plan launches January 15


OnLive Game System shipments have begun, and soon, so will a  $9.99 per month flat-rate gaming plan from the service.

Called PlayPack, the flat-rate plan is immediately available in beta to OnLive Game System owners and will be made available to all OnLive members on January 15.

Current free trials, 3- and 5-day rentals and Full PlayPass options for a la carte new-release games will still be available in addition to the new PlayPack flat-rate plan - so no worries there.

"OnLive's PlayPass and PlayPack plans give players maximum flexibility to try or buy video games," said Michael Pachter regarding the service. "Top-tier titles are available as individual rentals and purchases, while everything else is available at a flat rate. With these programs, OnLive is effectively offering the equivalent of an iTunes/Netflix combo for gaming."

OnLive today also began shipping the OnLive Game System, a $99 controller and MicroConsole bundle, providing instant access on HDTVs to all OnLive games.

The PlayPack flat-rate plan will comprise more than 40 high-quality games when officially launched, and here is just a sampling of what the beta library includes:

  • Prince of Persia
  • NBA 2K10
  • Tomb Raider Underworld
  • F.E.A.R. 2
  • Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.
  • Unreal Tournament 3
  • Vin Diesel Wheelman
  • LEGO Batman
  • Defense Grid Gold
  • Saw
  • Puzzle Chronicles
  • King's Bounty: Armored Princess
  • Ninja Blade

Some PlayPack games require a mouse and/or keyboard. The PlayPack flat-rate plan will be offered on a month-to-month basis and can be canceled at any time.

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