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OnLive: A cloud gaming service, that connects to cool Games instantly

OnLive Wireless Controller

OnLive is an on-demand cloud gaming service that synchronizes and stores games on remote servers and delivers them via Internet. Earlier, the service was available only to PCs (running Windows OS) and Intel-based Macs with OS X 10.5.8 or higher. Following the last week announcement, the application has been made accessible to smartphones and tablets (Android, iOS) too.

The downloadable application that enables gameplay on computers without high-end graphics cards and speedy processors gives access to the full OnLive library.  The team is also in talks with Vizio to build the service right into HDTVs and Blu-ray players.

The application is expected to be launched in US and UK first. Already, it has ported 25 console titles to smaller screen with touch-screen control and almost all 200 of the service’s library of console quality titles will be playable via the $50 OnLive wireless controller which works with any online connected device.

Major proportion of OnLive’s games is included in a subscription option called PlayPack, which costs $9.99 a month for unlimited game play. The subscribers can get a 30 percent discount on these offerings. One main characteristic of the application is that it allows integration with Facebook so, you can send status updates and friends can join mult-player game on any device, anytime.

 List of Android tablets supporting OnLive

  • Acer Iconia Tab A500
  • ASUS Eee Pad Transformer
  • HTC Flyer
  • HTC Jetstream
  • Motorola Xoom
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab
  • Sony Tablet S
  • Toshiba Thrive

List of Supported Android Phones

  • HTC EVO, Nexus One, Rezound 4G, Sensation, Sensation XL
  • Motorola Droid 2, Droid X2, Droid Bionic 4G, Droid Razr 4G, Photon 4G
  • Samsung Galaxy S II 4G

The only but big worry for OnLive at present is sluggish Internet connection. When encountered, the gaming service fails to stream high-end games over the Internet. If you are of the opinion that the application is worth trying, you can sign up and use it, the application is free and playable game previews are plentiful and instantly available.

Find out more on onlive.com/mobile.

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