Dec 23, 2011
With OnLive now on Android, one of the biggest concerns besides lag has naturally been the lack of physical controls to control games that are controlled by keyboards and gamepads. While the OnLive Gaming Controller naturally serves as a useful tool for making this a non-issue, it does harm the portability factor. However, there is one phone that does mix portability with physical controls – the Xperia Play. Now, OnLive officially supports the Xperia Play and its physical controls for playing games on the service. While the full range of support is unknown, if all games will be playable on the Xperia Play or if just certain Android or Xperia optimized games will work.
However, this should prove to be a useful application of the Xperia Play; part of its appeal has been to bring gameplay closer to ‘traditional’ gaming systems to mobile phones, and now console and PC games are playable directly on the device. It will also work with Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition, which just recently launched on the service; while latency will be an issue in particular with this game, the fact that the full version will be playable on phones is still impressive. The update with Xperia Play support is rolling out to the Android Market now.