Look, games like Fruit Ninja can be addicting and all, but we’ve many times pondered what playing a proper title — the kind intended for the latest consoles and PCs — would be like on a tablet or smartphone. Of course, we’ve seen some fantastic results from Tegra 3 and been notably impressed by Infinity Blade 2 on iOS, but starting today, OnLive is set to one-up the limitations of locally run mobile games with its new app. Whether you’re using an Android, iOS device or even a Kindle Fire, you’ll now be able to play games from the OnLive ecosystem while you’re on the move over 3G, LTE or WiFi, rather than merely spectating in OnLive Viewer. Better yet, the OnLive app itself is completely free and any games purchased can be used across devices, and currently, 25 titles have been optimized for touch-based controls, including a tweaked version of L.A. Noire. However, if you’re more inclined to use tactile controls you’ll be pleased to know that the company also has a soon to be released, revised version of its wireless controller.
Outwardly, the updated controller is looks identical to the outgoing MicroConsole pack-in model, but this one connects to Macs, PCs and just about any mobile device thanks to new “adaptive wireless” technology. Those seeking extra low latency can use its bundled USB dongle to link up to four of the controllers and a single Bluetooth headset for voice chat with one PC. The gamepad’s media controls can also navigate iTunes in addition to playback of Brag Clips within OnLive. When it debuts, you can expect to pick one up for about $50 (£39.99 in the UK). OnLive CEO Steve Perlman was kind enough to walk us through using this new bit of kit, so head on past the break for our full impressions and to see the controller in action.
OnLive intros apps for iOS and Android, refreshes its wireless controller, we go hands-on (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 07 Dec 2011 21:00:00 EST.