GameFly is essentially the Netflix of gaming (though the two have no official ties), and the company’s maneuverings have closely resembled that of its movie-oriented cousin. Offering some sort of online service similar to Netflix’s streaming is an obvious next move. Now, it’s finally happening.
The new service is called Unlimited PC Play, and it does what it says. Subscribers can download a client, then play the available games as much as they’d like for no additional charge. The games are the same retail versions that you’d find for sale on Steam or Impulse.
What’s the downside? For now, it’s a limited selection of titles. While there appears to be a fair number at first glance, many of the games are titles like 18 Wheels of Steel: Haulin – not exactly the stuff that makes hardcore PC gamers salivate. Still, there are some enjoyable titles available including Assassin’s Creed, Sam & Max and Saint’s Row 2. No Mac compatible games are included.
Currently this feature is considered to be in beta, so you might run into a glitch or two as you enjoy the titles on offer. Pricing starts at $15.95 per month for a GameFly membership, which allows you to have one physical game disc out at a time. Upgrading to the two-disc plan means spending $22.95 per month instead. The Unlimited PC Play feature is available to all subscribers at no extra charge.