OnLive Goes Mobile, Gives Us One More Excuse To Buy A Tablet

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News Posted: Thu, Dec 8 2011 4:12 PM
Cloud gaming company OnLive already lets you game on your computer or HDTV (via an OnLive device), but now its service is expanding to include mobile devices, as well. The company announced today that it is now bringing ”console-class gaming” to smartphones and tablets, enabling gamers to remain transfixed on their games even when out and about and giving anyone who enjoys gaming a good excuse for buying a tablet.

The new mobile capabilities allow users to game via WiFi or a 4G data connection using a free app that is available from the OnLive website or app stores. A number of popular titles have been converted to allow for a touch interface, but you can also use the OnLive wireless controller ($49.99), which purports to work with just about any OnLive-connected device.

There are over 25 titles (er--wouldn’t that just be “26”?) available from OnLive for mobile gaming, including L.A. Noire, LEGO Harry Potter, Batman: Arkham City, and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations.



OnLive Brings Console-Class Gaming to Tablets/Phones

Top Console Titles Now Available Instantly on Mobile Devices for both Touch and Controller Play

New Universal OnLive® Wireless Controller Enriches Gameplay on Most Tablets, Phones

OnLive Utilizes New 4G LTE Mobile Networks for Low-latency HD Gaming

Palo Alto, CA – December 7, 2011 – OnLive, Inc., the pioneer of cloud gaming, announced that it is bringing console-class gaming to tablets and phones with the revolutionary OnLive app for tablet and mobile platforms. The latest, top-tier, high-performance games—previously limited to only consoles and computers—will be available for instant play via the free OnLive app on over 500 million mobile devices over Wi-Fi or mobile networks in the US and UK. A growing library of 25 console-class games have been adapted for touch-screen control, including the gritty, award-winning hit L.A. Noire from Rockstar Games and family titles like LEGO Batman™: The Videogame, which will be given free to anyone who downloads the OnLive app. Additionally, almost all games in OnLive’s growing library of nearly 200 games are playable with the new Universal OnLive Wireless Controller, compatible with many tablets and smartphones.

OnLive harnesses the power of the cloud to instantly deliver high-end games on demand over the Internet with the simplicity of streaming video. OnLive’s breakthrough cloud gaming technology has enabled gamers on PCs, Macs® and TVs to instantly jump into console-quality games on demand, without discs or lengthy downloads, regardless of the performance of their local device. With today’s launch, gamers can experience the same instant-play, top-tier games on tablets and smartphones, despite the fact that these games require vastly higher performance than is achievable on a mobile device.

“Today marks a major milestone: OnLive is now delivering the latest, console-class, top-tier games—literally to your fingertips—on 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 Universal 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.”

Marking the most dramatic departure possible from the side-scrollers and 3D puzzlers that have defined the current tablet gaming marketplace, the award-winning L.A. Noire is now the first high-performance console video game developed specifically for touch-enabled play via tablet cloud gaming—with exclusive distribution on the OnLive Game Service. The release of a game this immersive and cinematically engaging heralds a new era—and new market—in high-end gaming.
Over 25 OnLive titles, including L.A. Noire, family titles like LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 and 5-7, and indies like Defense Grid Gold, will work with touch control on tablets and smartphones. And most of the nearly 200 games in OnLive’s growing library, including recent top-tier releases like Batman: Arkham City, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations and Lord of the Rings: War in the North, are immediately playable on virtually any device with the Universal OnLive Wireless Controller, which utilizes OnLive’s exclusive adaptive wireless technology to automatically find an optimal wireless connection for a given tablet, smartphone, PC, Mac, TV or Blu-ray player. The Universal OnLive Wireless Controller will be available soon for purchase in the US and the UK, for $49.99 and £39.99 respectively.

As always, any game purchased on one OnLive app device (TV, PC, Mac, tablet or mobile device) can be played instantly on any other OnLive app device with full cloud save game data intact, allowing users to start play on one device, and continue playing on any other device, whenever and wherever they want.* OnLive’s cross-platform capability extends to multiplayer gaming, enabling, for example, a tablet gamer to play with TV, PC, Mac and smartphone gamers. OnLive’s exclusive social features, such as international massive spectating and Brag Clip® videos, are available on tablets and mobile devices, as well as chat and Facebook posting of videos, messages and achievements. And unlike downloaded games, OnLive games are streamed over the internet just like streaming music and video, never taking up storage on any mobile device.

In addition to play over Wi-Fi, OnLive is also unveiling compatibility with 4G LTE cellular service, enabling full, HD-resolution, low-latency cloud gaming everywhere there is 4G coverage on devices such as the HTC Jetstream, Samsung Galaxy Tab and Motorola Xoom. With this new compatibility, OnLive is truly playable everywhere, whether indoors, outdoors or even in the back seat of a car at highway speeds, for the first time bringing complete mobility to console-class gaming.

The OnLive app is available for free download for tablet and mobile devices starting today (release dates and times subject to mobile app store certifications). The Universal OnLive Wireless Controller will soon be available for purchase in the US and UK through the OnLive web store at www.onlive.com/store and www.onlive.co.uk/store. As always, most OnLive games purchased on one device or through the OnLive website can be played on all devices, and L.A. Noire and other touch-adapted games will continue to work with controller and/or keyboard/mouse as they did before, including with the Universal OnLive Wireless Controller.*
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This could be a very big turning point for the company. Gaming on my desktop then taking to my phone could really be awesome.

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When will this be available for iOS? Their viewer has been out for a year now and they decide to launch for Android instead? What gives?

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Aoshi replied on Thu, Dec 8 2011 5:55 PM

They needs to fix it up a bit. But I really like onlive and think it could be really big

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So is this for smartphones too? it says Tablet :P

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Dave_HH replied on Thu, Dec 8 2011 8:26 PM

I have to try this service out. Haven't given it a go yet. What are frame rate and IQ like? The real deal?

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This could definitely be big for the PC game industry. But what is it going to do to the hardware industry if it is wildly successful. I would think that the wireless connection would cause a lot of lag in gameplay.

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JDiaz replied on Thu, Dec 8 2011 8:51 PM

Popsci already posted a review...

http://www.popsci.com/gadgets/article/2011-12/hands-onlives-mobile-app-gives-your-ipad-power-gaming-pc

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JDiaz:

Popsci already posted a review...

http://www.popsci.com/gadgets/article/2011-12/hands-onlives-mobile-app-gives-your-ipad-power-gaming-pc

"Now thats cool. Hopefully its will become more polished in a not so distant future and any one can play online with any compatible mobile device , those mini HDMI port on Tablets and Cell Phones are looking better everyday.  Add a (future)Onlive gaming keyboard, offer FPS games, with multi player options, and this service will sky rocket in customers."    

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there are definitely on to something. my only concern is the wireless, but I imagine it will improve over time.

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