HTC revealed plans back in February to purchase part of cloud-based gaming company OnLive. Now, coming up on a year later, OnLive has finally released its Android app, letting gamers access console titles directly from their smartphones.
The OnLive system is most easily thought of as a remote desktop experience. The games, and the hardware needed to run them, live on OnLive’s servers. When you want to play, the company streams the video output from just such a server to your smartphone or tablet. That lets you play games that should be too high-end for your hardware to support, since all the app needs to be able to handle is sending your input back to OnLive’s servers while displaying the output video stream.
How do you play games on a smartphone that were designed without touchscreen controls in mind? OnLive features the kind of virtual on-screen thumbsticks and buttons that any smartphone gamer should be well familiar with by now, but for a more authentic experience, the company sells a wireless gamepad that can connect to your Android for $50.
Games you purchase through the app are playable on other devices, in case you get tired of your smartphone’s small screen and want to play on your computer for a while. Support currently covers a couple dozen Gingerbread smartphones, and the service is only available in the US and UK for now.
Via: Android Police