GameFly to launch unlimited PC game service

GameFly has offered console gamers a way to receive and play game titles via a mail order monthly subscription service for some time. However the company has been expanding into other businesses for the past few years. It acquired the Shacknews.com gaming news web site a couple of years ago and more recently it acquired the Direct2Drive PC game download service from IGN. Today GameFly announced plans to add a new feature for its monthly console game subscribers. The feature will allow those subscribers to also gain access to a library of PC game titles via download and play them as much as they want. Think of it as GameFly's version of Netflix' streaming video service.

In a chat with Joystiq, GameFly co-founder Sean Spector said that the company has already signed a number of PC game publishers to join its Unlimited PC Play service but declined to name those publishers yet. The beta for the new feature is scheduled to begin with an event in Los Angeles on September 8 but people who want to join the beta can sign up at GameFly's web site. GameFly will launch a new digital client in relation to this new service that will also have gaming news, an archive of game videos and screenshots and also a social networking feature where fans can discuss games.

Spector says in the Joystiq article that he expects about 100 PC games to be available for the beta of the new service and will expand to hundreds of PC game titles when the service officially launches sometime this holiday.

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I'm surprised nobody is wondering if they'll be like Gametap. As a former subscriber, having a gaming buffet is pretty nice. Not for everyone, but good none the less.

Klethron said,
Think of it as GameFly's version of OnLive.
But hopefully not ****ty like onlive is. And by ****ty I mean running the games on their servers and you connect remotely so if your internet is slow you have crap graphics and lag....

"Think of it as GameFly's version of Netflix' streaming video service."

I rather not think of it as netflix... might start thinking about how they just split their services and raised my price 60%

s0nic69 said,
"Think of it as GameFly's version of Netflix' streaming video service."

I rather not think of it as netflix... might start thinking about how they just split their services and raised my price 60%

Oh, cry me a river.

Netflix is great, even after, and still worth it, and everyone should have known it was coming since they announced it about 6 months prior. Get over it.

s0nic69 said,
"Think of it as GameFly's version of Netflix' streaming video service."

I rather not think of it as netflix... might start thinking about how they just split their services and raised my price 60%

I agree with +Zappa. Right after they upped the price they added a bunch of new shows. Being a Netflix customer I knew they were going to raise the price sometime.

I can agree with this idea, many years ago (18??) we had a local video store that tried the PC game rental business, which of course at the time was just a license to rent/copy/pirate the games on their shelves.

If they can find a way to "lock" users from doing that, then I would certainly enjoy the ability to get my PC games through gamefly rather then buying them.

Considering companies are moving to online codes essentially killing the used game market, this sounds likeva good thing.

This could be great if executed well. Somehow though I'm picturing a very limited selection & extra fees.

I have been paying attention to game sales and it seems like they a few months after release, they drop down to 10 to 5 bucks. I feel like the companies may be able to get a better deal signing with gamefly.