Have you wanted to play console-quality games on your iPad or Android smartphone/tablet? Well, you can now do exactly that with OnLive’s new app. Details after the jump!
OnLive was first announced back at GDC 2009 to a mixed response. The response was mixed due to the fact that its idea, while novel, would never work out.
OnLive is a cloud based game streaming service: once you launch a game, all the heavy processing and rendering is handled by OnLive’s powerful servers which then stream the video to your device using an internet connection. Using their controller or on-screen touch controls, you can interact with the game. These interactions are sent back to OnLive’s servers which process them and then send you back the result in a matter of milliseconds. For the best performance, you will, of course, need a fast broadband connection. Still, if you’ve got a less-than-stellar connection, streaming quality is automatically adjusted to ensure maximum performance.
Because of the way it is designed, you can play some the latest and greatest Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 games on any computer (yes, even if it is a Windows-based Pentium 4 PC with 1GB of RAM) which can connect to one of their OnLive devices or, starting from tomorrow, on the iPad 2 and select Android smartphones and tablets.
The company today announced their app for iPad and Android smartphones/tablets which lets you play games like L.A. Noire, Batman: Arkham City and the latest Assassin’s Creed on your mobile device. The app itself is free, but if you’re on the iPad, you have to purchase the games (which are cheaper than what they usually cost on PS3/X360) through a computer. Once you have a library of games to play with, you just launch it and play using either on-screen touch controls (not recommended) or with a $49.99 OnLive wireless controller. They even have full demos available for most titles, so you can get started right now!
The iPad app is scheduled for a release sometime tomorrow, but the Android app can be downloaded right now. We’ll inform you as soon as that happens. Until then, stay tuned to Redmond Pie!
Download OnLive for Android [Market Link]
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