When OnLive launched in the UK last September, they did launch an iPad app but it didn’t allow users to play games on the tablet, but that has all changed now with the launch of a new iOS app as well as an Android app.
The Android app is already in the Android Market, but iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users will have to wait for the OnLive Player app to get final approval from Apple, which shouldn’t be too long.
OnLive have created ‘vPad’ touchscreen controls which will be added to games that do not automatically have their own. However at launch, 25 titles will have bespoke touch controls – including LA Noire – which have been created by the original developers of the game and will use the accelerometer in iOS and Android devices.
However there is another option, with OnLive also announcing the availability of a wireless controller for £39.99. This will hook up to your OnLive console or PC via a supplied USB dongle, but more importantly for mobile games, it will connect over Bluetooth v4.0 with your iPad, Android tablet or smartphone.
Of course with a cloud based gaming service like this, the strength of your broadband connection is a major factor and OnLive will reduce the graphical quality when the speeds drop so you won’t have to stop gaming.
Once you sign-in to your OnLive account, you will be able to pick up where you have left off in games you’ve been playing on the console or your PC.
Is the idea of playing Assassin’s Creed Revelations on a tablet something that appeals to you, or are tablets and smartphones just too small to do these games justice? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.