Dec 8, 2011
The dream of playing OnLive on an Android device is now a reality. OnLive has finally released a client application for Android that allows players to play OnLive games on their phone or tablet. By either signing in to their OnLive account or signing up for a new one, users pull up the OnLive interface. This is the first experience with remote OnLive play, as the games menu is remotely accessed, and players can get a feel for the visual quality and latency they will experience.
It is clear that a speedy connection with low latency is required, as even navigating menus on a sub-optimal connection runs into problems. However, users who can run it properly will find that there are a variety of games to play right off the bat, in both trial form and in purchasable full versions.
Some games have been optimized for the touchscreen, utilizing either virtual controls specialized for the game, or either by using actual direct input on the touchscreen. Note that due to the latency that OnLive has, with virtual sticks not optimized for the games, the experience is far from perfect, although having a faster connection with less latency will improve the video quality and control.
Right now, not all games are compatible, but this is only due to some games needing a controller. All games will be playable with the OnLive Bluetooth controller when it releases for $49.99. This has major potential to expand OnLive, as tablets and phones are extremely portable, and this could allow fans of console and PC-style gaming to enjoy it on the go. In fact, OnLive is partnering with AT&T to make the service work well on 4G LTE. With the ability to also play on TVs through many tablets’ HDMI outputs, this could also serve as a device similar to the OnLive Console. As well, by being available on a device many people already have, this may mean a wider audience willing to experiment with OnLive. The OnLive Client app is now available from the Android Market.