When the OnLive platform met the mobile gaming scene, obvious links were drawn by fans and consumers alike between the game streaming service and the Xperia Play. The Xperia Play, for those that don’t know, is the Sony Ericsson phone that packs slide-out video game controls for gaming on the go. The marriage of the hardware and application seemed almost way too obvious for most, as consumers almost immediately began asking for support.
In the press release detailing this news, Steve Perlman, OnLive Founder and CEO, highlighted the nature of supporting the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play fully:
“From the moment we launched our OnLive Android app, gamers began asking about Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY game control support…We listened and delivered. Now Xperia PLAY gamers in the US and UK can play almost all of OnLive’s 200 premium titles-including hit AAA games like Saints Row: The Third and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations-on their Xperia PLAY smartphone with a full console-class experience, including multiplayer and social features.”
OnLive is set to eventually release its own external controller designed for use with mobile devices, but now Xperia Play owners don’t even have to consider that device for their gaming.
My only consideration now lies in wondering how many people will actually be affected by this news. I don’t personally know a single person who owns an Xperia Play; do you? In fact, do you actually own the device? If so, what will this news do for your desire to purchase or ignore the OnLive service?