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Earlier this week, OnLive CEO Steve Perlman announced that the cloud gaming service would have a $14.95 subscription service. That subscription isn't required, though.

"The OnLive Game Portal is for gamers looking for direct access to OnLive games without being required to subscribe to the features of the full OnLive Game Service," said Perlman. "Through the OnLive Game Portal, gamers will be able to play select games directly on a rental basis as well as game demos for free; subject to available OnLive service capacity and whatever usage limits are associated with each given demo. Rentals will be priced on a per-game basis. There is no service fee for the OnLive Game Portal."

"We think this is a great offering for gamers to try out games, or if they prefer, play games they’re interested in for a particular period of time. We also think it’s a great way to get a taste of the OnLive experience to see if they want to join the greater OnLive community on an ongoing basis through the OnLive Game Service."

For OnLive's many other features, though, you'll have to cough up the subscription fee. Perlman previously announced that they'll be offering multi-month subscriptions with reduced rates. More details are expected at E3 in June, when the service launches.

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