OnLive, the cloud gaming service is finally making its way to iOS.Â The app will be available for free, with in-app options for purchasing or renting game titles. All titles will be playable using the OnLive wireless controller, while some 25 titles will be given onscreen virtual buttons to control the action. From IGN’s review, the experience can be pretty decent, but TechCrunch’s hands-on left the reviewer disappointed. It seems as though there’s no consistency.
At launch titles like L.A. Noir, DiRT 3 and Assassins Creed Revelations will be optimised for tablets. Although these are console quality titles, don’t expect a console quality experience. Graphics won’t be great, and it will be pretty slow – even if you have a strong network connection with decent speed. The app should be launching any time soon, keep checking the iTunes App Store, as it’s expected to make its way there in the next day or two.
Full Press Release via OnLive:
OnLive Brings Console-Class Gaming to Tablets/Phones
Top Console Titles Now Available Instantly on Mobile Devices for both Touch and Controller Play
New Universal OnLiveÂ®Â Wireless Controller Enriches Gameplay on Most Tablets, Phones
OnLive Utilizes New 4G LTEÂ Mobile Networks for Low-latency HD Gaming
Palo Alto, CA â€“ December 7, 2011 â€“Â OnLive, Inc., the pioneer of cloud gaming, announced that it is bringing console-class gaming to tablets and phones with the revolutionary OnLive app for tablet and mobile platforms. The latest, top-tier, high-performance gamesâ€”previously limited to only consoles and computersâ€”will be available for instant play via the free OnLive app on over 500 million mobile devices over Wi-Fi or mobile networks in the US and UK. A growing library of 25 console-class games have been adapted for touch-screen control, including the gritty, award-winning hitÂ L.A. NoireÂ from Rockstar Games and family titles likeÂ LEGO Batmanâ„¢: The Videogame, which will be given free to anyone who downloads the OnLive app. Additionally, almost all games in OnLiveâ€™s growing library of nearly 200 games are playable with the new Universal OnLive Wireless Controller, compatible with many tablets and smartphones.
OnLive harnesses the power of the cloud to instantly deliver high-end games on demand over the Internet with the simplicity of streaming video. OnLiveâ€™s breakthrough cloud gaming technology has enabled gamers on PCs, MacsÂ® and TVs to instantly jump into console-quality games on demand, without discs or lengthy downloads, regardless of the performance of their local device. With todayâ€™s launch, gamers can experience the same instant-play, top-tier games on tablets and smartphones, despite the fact that these games require vastly higher performance than is achievable on a mobile device.
â€œToday marks a major milestone: OnLive is now delivering the latest, console-class, top-tier gamesâ€”literally to your fingertipsâ€”on tablets and phones for instant, on-demand play anywhere, anytime,â€ said Steve Perlman, OnLive Founder and CEO. â€œThrough the free OnLive app, tablet and smartphone gamers can play top console and PC titles likeÂ Assassins CreedÂ®: RevelationsÂ andÂ L.A. Noireâ€”one of the most highly acclaimed, graphically sophisticated games to dateâ€”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.â€
Marking the most dramatic departure possible from the side-scrollers and 3D puzzlers that have defined the current tablet gaming marketplace, the award-winningÂ L.A. NoireÂ is now the first high-performance console video game developed specifically for touch-enabled play via tablet cloud gamingâ€”with exclusive distribution on the OnLive Game Service. The release of a game this immersive and cinematically engaging heralds a new eraâ€”and new marketâ€”in high-end gaming.
Over 25 OnLive titles, includingÂ L.A. Noire, family titles likeÂ LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4Â andÂ 5-7, and indies likeÂ Defense Grid Gold,Â will work with touch control on tablets and smartphones. And most of the nearly 200 games in OnLiveâ€™s growing library, including recent top-tier releases likeÂ Batman: Arkham City,Â Assassinâ€™s Creed: RevelationsÂ andÂ Lord of the Rings: War in the North, are immediately playable on virtually any device with the Universal OnLive Wireless Controller, which utilizes OnLiveâ€™s exclusive adaptive wireless technology to automatically find an optimal wireless connection for a given tablet, smartphone, PC, Mac, TV or Blu-ray player. The Universal OnLive Wireless Controller will be available soon for purchase in the US and the UK, for $49.99 and Â£39.99 respectively.
As always, any game purchased on one OnLive app device (TV, PC, Mac, tablet or mobile device) can be played instantly on any other OnLive app device with full cloud save game data intact, allowing users to start play on one device, and continue playing on any other device, whenever and wherever they want.* OnLiveâ€™s cross-platform capability extends to multiplayer gaming, enabling, for example, a tablet gamer to play with TV, PC, Mac and smartphone gamers. OnLiveâ€™s exclusive social features, such as international massive spectating and Brag ClipÂ® videos, are available on tablets and mobile devices, as well as chat and Facebook posting of videos, messages and achievements. And unlike downloaded games, OnLive games are streamed over the internet just like streaming music and video, never taking up storage on any mobile device.
In addition to play over Wi-Fi, OnLive is also unveiling compatibility with 4G LTE cellular service, enabling full, HD-resolution, low-latency cloud gaming everywhere there is 4G coverage on devices such as the HTC Jetstream, Samsung Galaxy Tab and Motorola Xoom. With this new compatibility, OnLive is truly playable everywhere, whether indoors, outdoors or even in the back seat of a car at highway speeds, for the first time bringing complete mobility to console-class gaming.
The OnLive app is available for free download for tablet and mobile devices starting today (release dates and times subject to mobile app store certifications). The Universal OnLive Wireless Controller will soon be available for purchase in the US and UK through the OnLive web store atÂ www.onlive.com/storeÂ andwww.onlive.co.uk/store. As always, most OnLive games purchased on one device or through the OnLive website can be played on all devices, andÂ L.A. NoireÂ and other touch-adapted games will continue to work with controller and/or keyboard/mouse as they did before, including with the Universal OnLive Wireless Controller.*
OnLive is the pioneer of on-demand, instant-play video game services, delivering real-time interactive experiences and rich media through the Internet. With groundbreaking video compression technology, OnLive harnesses cloud computing to provide the power and intelligence needed to instantly deliver the latest, premium game titles to any HDTV via the OnLive Game System, nearly any PC and MacÂ®Â via a small browser download and tablets and smartphones through the OnLive app. OnLive is available in North America and the UK and will continue expanding into Europe and Asia soon. OnLiveâ€™s technology is backed by hundreds of patents and patents pending. The company is headquartered in Palo Alto, California. OnLive investors include Warner Bros., Autodesk, Maverick Capital, AT&T, British Telecommunications (BT), The Belgacom Group, HTC and Juniper Networks. More information is available atÂ www.onlive.comÂ andÂ www.onlive.co.uk.
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*Some games not available or playable on all devices.