Cloud gaming service OnLive originally debuted on the PC little more than a year ago, but the company apparently isn’t satisfied with being tied down to computers. The service is expanding to tablets and smartphones, giving gamers access to their favorite titles while away from home.
The newly supported platforms include the Android phones and tablets, the iPad and the iPhone. You won’t be limited to playing mobile titles on the devices, however. Most devices will have access to the full OnLive library, including games that normally can be played only on the PC.
For those unfamiliar with the service, here’s how it works. Games played with OnLive run on the company’s cloud servers rather than your device. Your inputs are sent to the server via the Internet, making gameplay possible. The advantage is that it’s possible to play games on platforms that otherwise couldn’t run them, but the downside is that you must always have a strong Internet connection, either in the form of Wi-Fi or mobile Internet.
You’ll need something else, too, if you want to play the full selection of games – OnLive’s universal controller, which connects via Bluetooth. Devices that lack Bluetooth support (like the Kindle Fire) will only be able to access games that can provide on-screen controls. Only some games, like Defense Grid, have been adapted for touch input at this time.
OnLive is rolling out the service expansion over the coming weeks. The app is free, but individual games must be purchased through the service. The universal controller will be $49.99 when available.
Source: The Verge