OnLive unveils its cloud gaming app for smartphones and tablets

OnLive unveils its cloud gaming app for smartphones and tablets
It's been a long wait since we first heard about OnLive's plans to turn every tablet and smartphone into a gaming console, where the heavy lifting in games graphics processing will be done by the company's servers, and you will be only streamed the pretty imagery, sending back input control commands for number crunching.

OnLive unveiled its iOS and Android apps yesterday, and there are about 25 titles now that are optimized for touchscreen controls, including L.A. Noire. Of course, the larger the touchscreen the more comfortable will the gaming experience be, so tablets are a primer candidate for some OnLive-ing than smartphones with smaller screens, for example.

The company's proprietary streaming technology has reduced the bandwidth requirements to stream a graphically heavy game to your device to less than those for a YouTube video, so provided you have a decent 3G data coverage you can play with that. Of course, Wi-Fi or LTE are preferable, since more than 80ms latency will make the game unplayable.

If you think mapping and using controllers on a touchscreen is too cumbersome, OnLive has you covered with a $50 Bluetooth game controller and a low-latency USB dongle as well. The OnLive app is free in the application stores, and, since HTC has been one of the first smartphone manufacturers that partnered tightly with the game streaming company, we are curious if the app will come preloaded in all of its future phones and tablets, allowing us to play Crysis 3. Watch the experience demoed on an Apple tablet in the video below.

source: OnLive


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8 Comments

1. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Crysis 3 on tablets?? From a Graphically demanding company like Crytek? Not sure Crytek would downgrade Cryengine 3 for tablets. The original Crysis 1 couldn't run on 2007, afterward they optimize Cryengine 3 on console for Crysis 2 and was playable on PC. Now the developers are requesting for a new console, with huge graphic, ram and processors. So no Crysis 3 for tablets.

2. IgorEfremenko

Posts: 108; Member since: Nov 30, 2011

Come on, you should read the article! "The heavy lifting in games graphics processing will be done by the company's servers, and you will be only streamed the pretty imagery, sending back input control commands for number crunching."

3. Eingild

Posts: 203; Member since: Apr 19, 2011

He's not reading at all. Don't bother explaining things to idiots like him.

4. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Okay i admit missing that point because i think as a pc user and an xbox gamer. But having played Crysis 1, warhead, crysis 2 i don't think tablets touchscreen will be comfortable. The game itself is a fast pace shooter. Turn Base RPG would be much suitable.

6. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Then get the controller!

5. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

This is awesome. Anyone who hasnt tried Onlive yet should. If you sign in on your phone or tablet you'll even get a free game to play. Lego Batman. I know, not the most fantastic, but it has touchscreen gameplay enabled. And some games like LA Noire should soon have touchscreen controls specifically for Onlive. Also they are going to be offering a game controller that connects via bluetooth and has a USB adapter you can use on your PC, so you can play the game on your tablet and switch to the PC and Mac and pick up where you left off.

7. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Humana Humana Humana Humana IT'S FINALLY HERE!!!

8. janefoster

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 18, 2011

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