OnLive iPad and Android app goes live

OnLive, the streaming game service launched in June 2010, has finally expanded beyond the PC, Mac and televisions. The company has announced that its OnLive app for Apple's iPad and Android devices will launch later today, allowing gamers in the US and UK to stream and play most of the games in the OnLive nearly 200 game library via WiFi or via LTE-based wireless networks.

Of those 200 games, over 25 titles have been adapted so OnLive app players can interact with them via the touch screen of their mobile device, including L.A. Noire, Defense Grid Gold and Lego Batman. Indeed, the full versions of Lego Batman will be included as a free title when players download the OnLive tablet and smartphone app.

The other games in the OnLive library can still be played via the new app but it will require the use of the services of the upcoming Universal OnLive Wireless Controller. That controller will go on sale "soon". OnLive gamers who have already purchased full games will still be able to play those titles on the new app version, including access to their save game files. There is also multiplayer cross platform support, allowing tablet and smartphone gamers to play with their PC, Mac and TV counterparts.

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"This app is incompatible with your Bell Samsung GT-I9100M. (Galaxy S2) This item cannot be installed in your device's country."

Bah, Canada owned, again =\

MASTER260 said,
L.A. Noire?! Batman Arkham City?! STREAMED?! How the f*** can Android & iOS handle that?

Because its streaming a video, nothing more. All the work is done on the cloud and sent to you.

I tried Dirt 3 on my phone and I have 30x5mbps internet and the response time for steering was horrible. Have not tried anything else besides LEGO: Batman on my computer and that is frustrating as hell with a keyboard

Really like OnLive. Been a great service so far. Just got a free console and it is far better than I expected it to be. Usually play on laptop or desktop.

Will be nice to carry on playing using the universal controller with my iPad when the wife kicks me off the TV.

With the state of mobile internet today and OnLive's reliance on a high end fast internet connection I wish them the best of luck, because I honestly don't see them going anywhere for at least the next 5 years.

Very interesting concept, this is a bit different from what others are doing now. If the delivery is flawless I can see this doing well!

I've had the OnLive app on my iPad for several weeks.......?

Regarding onlive in general though.... the technology is great, and games play really smoothly... the only downside that I see is the game seems blurred. You can really tell the image has been heavily compressed and upscaled. This is especially evident on larger screens.

If they can bump up the quality and resolution, I'll jump in with both feet.

Edited by Ryster, Dec 8 2011, 11:16pm :

TCLN Ryster said,
I've had the OnLive app on my iPad for several weeks.......?

Regarding online in general though.... the technology is great, and games play really smoothly... the only downside that I see is the game seems blurred. You can really tell the image has been heavily compressed and upscaled. This is especially evident on larger screens.

If they can bump up the quality and resolution, I'll jump in with both feet.

I noticed this until I got an OnLive console for free. The games seem to look LOADS better using an console for some reason

Interesting, so you have to actually buy the game from OnLive? Not using your own titles. Is there a demo to see how well this actually works?

Simon- said,
Interesting, so you have to actually buy the game from OnLive? Not using your own titles. Is there a demo to see how well this actually works?

Yep you buy from OnLive. I'm pretty sure all games have a trial as well when you sign up, which is nice.
I really love this idea, the only catch I can see at the moment is getting a connection good enough on the move to stream a game fluidly and with good quality.