OnLive brings console gaming to smartphones and tablets

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Expanding the reach of its cloud-based services, Palo Alto-based OnLive Inc. has this week announced tablet and smartphone support for its all-encompassing online gaming platform.

According to OnLive, users in the United States and United Kingdom can now look forward to enjoying “console-class” gaming on more than 500 million portable devices using either Wi-Fi or 4G LTE—the latter on systems such as the Galaxy Tab, Motorola Xoom and HTC Jetsteam.

“Through the OnLive app, tablet and smartphone gamers can play top console and PC titles like Assassin’s Creed: Revelations and L.A. Noire… with exclusive OnLive Cloud Touch controls or with the new mobile compatible Universal OnLive Wireless Controller,” outlined OnLive founder and chief executive Steve Perlman.

“Tablets and smartphones, the fastest-growing consumer product categories in history, are now capable of running the hottest, highest-end games,” he added. “Gaming and mobile devices will never be the same.”

Some of the other console videogame titles already adapted to support either wireless control or the touch-screen interface utilized by tablet computers and smartphones include the likes of LEGO: Batman The Videogame, Lord of the Rings: War in the North, and Batman: Arkham City.

OnLive is able to deliver its users their high-end videogames due to providing instant connection to them via cloud computing, thereby sidestepping the ever-evolving problem of hardware performance and system compatibility. 

The OnLive software app is available now as a free download for tablet and mobile devices. The aforementioned OnLive Wireless Controller will be available at retail soon attached to regional prices of $49.99 USD and £39.99 GBP.

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