I wrote a post about the new service from OnLive, called SL Go. I was excited to try it out, because it’s supposed to let you run SL at Ultra settings even on old computers.
However, as of now, I haven’t tried it out. I had a bit of trouble understanding the steps I needed to go through to get SL Go to work on my PC (because it’s mainly aimed at smartphone and tablet users). So when my tech-savvy husband got home, I had him try to install it on our tablet so we could use the 20-minute free trial and see whether or not we liked it enough to pay for the service.
I wanted to try it out to see whether I could use SL Go instead of upgrading to a more expensive graphics card. I thought my husband would like it, because he prefers to do everything on his phone or tablet, even if a laptop or PC is available.
Anyhoo, we got as far as installing the SL Go app and setting up an account with OnLive. BUT – it would not let us begin using the free 20-minute trial unless we entered our credit card information. Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but I don’t like just handing out my credit card info to anyone, especially when they don’t really need it. If it’s a free trial, why do they HAVE to have my credit info? I just wanted to try it out, and then if I liked it, sign up for the paying service. If I don’t, then I just walk away.
At this point, regardless of how ‘amazing’ the app is, I won’t be using it. I’m not going to be bullied into providing information that they don’t need. The SL Go is either a monthly subscription or a ‘buy a chunk of time’ option. So since you can buy, say, an hour of time for the app, I would assume that they have the capability to shut down/kick you out/log you off the app when the time you’ve paid for is up. So why exactly do they NEED my credit information for me to use their ‘free trial’?
From a consumer standpoint, it doesn’t make sense to me.