OnLive, the video game cloud-based streaming service, has announced by way of press release that they have launched a free OnLive app for tablets and phones below the Android and iOS banners. Users with OnLive accounts can now launch and play games from the OnLive library on the go.
The press release included a bit from Steve Perlman, OnLive Founder and CEO:
“Today marks a major milestone: OnLive is now delivering the latest, console-class, top-tier games—literally to your fingertips—on tablets and phones for instant, on-demand play anywhere, anytim…Through the free OnLive app, tablet and smartphone gamers can play top console and PC titles like Assassins Creed®: Revelations and L.A. Noire—one of the most highly acclaimed, graphically sophisticated games to date—with exclusive OnLive Cloud Touch controls or with the new mobile-compatible Universal OnLive Wireless Controller. Tablets and smartphones, the fastest-growing consumer product categories in history, are now capable of running the hottest, highest-end games. Gaming and mobile devices will never be the same.”
The compatible library will not be huge at launch, however OnLive has said that they plan to add more games soon. Games need to be made compatible for OnLive’s new touchscreen control layout. However, all of the OnLive games will work with the upcoming universal OnLive controller.
The universal controller, which OnLive notes may not work with all devices, will be available for purchase soon. The price at launch will be $49.99. For now, you’ll need to game by way of virtual buttons and joysticks … man, do I hate those things.
Games will be playable over both Wi-Fi and 4G LTE connections, according to the press release.
OnLive may have officially made a huge stride for mobile gaming. If the controller and the games work as well as they do on computers and the OnLive micro-console, gaming on tablets may have just gotten exceptionally awesome. Plus, the library has vastly improved as well.
Finally, if you snag the free OnLive app for your device now, you’ll get LEGO Batman for free. The LEGO games are good fun, so make sure you download the app now if you have any interest in this new way to game.
Once you get it, tell us what you think.