GameNow to game on - demand

Online computer game rentals have emerged as a very real threat to Australian video retailers following the launch of the country's first online subscription service.

Telstra BigPond on Tuesday launched its GameNow Web site, a pay-by-the-month download site of nearly 100 full-version computer games.

For a flat rate, GameNow customers can download and play as many games (and as many times) as they wish. Major titles include Splinter Cell and MechWarrior 4.

Each game works after a 'one-off' caching download, which starts the game. The rest of the game is then streamed to the user's PC as he/she progresses.

"There's no technical differences between the version of a game on GameNow and, say, its PS2 version," BigPond managing director Justin Milne said.

"It's just that the release windows are different. At the moment, we have the second-latest version of Splinter Cell, while the stores have the latest. But over time I think you'll see that even up."

Milne said more games will be added to the site each month.

The site is deliberately pitched to broadband users, as some high-end games require more than a two hour download wait.

"You'd be a mug to have dial-up on this," BigPond content director Guy Gadney said.

GameNow joins BigPond's GameArena site, which launched in 2002 and is aimed at multiplayer communities.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Steven Deare

PC World
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?