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New OnLive app for iOS and Android devices pioneers cloud gaming on-the-move...
The cloud-based gaming service, OnLive is now available for iOS, Android tablet devices, and compatible smarthpones via a new app that's been released by the company.
By downloading the free app via iTunes or the Android Marketplace, tablet and smartphone users can access the same hub that PC gamers and owners of OnLive's micro-console utilise to play high-end console games remotely as they're streamed through the 'cloud' from OnLive's servers.
OnLive has addressed the issue of a control method by making most of its catalogue of nearly 200 games compatible with its wireless OnLive controller on tablets – you can purchase the controller from the company's site at a cost of £39.99.
In addition to this, 25 games from the catalogue have been adapted with touch screen controls that utilise a virtual controller or keyboard/mouse array, while new title to the service, LA Noire even comes with a native set of touch-screen controls.
Although not currently available in the UK, US customers will be able to link up their compatible devices with 4G internet connections, effectively enabling top-tier home console gaming on-the-move for the first time, ever.
It's certainly a new frontier for gaming, although the big question mark is whether a demand for this kind of portable gaming experience actually exists. With the portable market moving towards bite-sized gaming on smartphones and traditional handheld consoles from Sony and Nintendo losing market share as a result, it's hard to see where a portable triple-A game fits into all of this.
“Today marks a major milestone: OnLive is now delivering the latest, console-class, top-tier games - literally to your fingertips - on mobile tablets and phones for instant on-demand play anywhere, anytime,” said Steve Perlman, OnLive Founder and CEO. “Through the free OnLive app, tablet and smartphone gamers can play top console and PC titles like Assassins Creed: Revelations and L.A. Noire – one of the most highly acclaimed, graphically sophisticated games to date – with exclusive OnLive Cloud Touch controls or with the new mobile-compatible OnLive Wireless Controller. Tablets and smartphones, the fastest-growing consumer product categories in history, are now capable of running the hottest, highest-end games. Gaming and mobile devices will never be the same.”
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