Holy cow. This sounds pretty amazing, folks. The cloud-based video game streaming service OnLive has released an app that allows users to play top tier video games on their mobile devices, include iPads, iPods and Android-based smartphones and tablets. You can play games using an on-screen virtual keyboard or spend $50 for a wireless controller that connects to your mobile device. The future is now.
The service is still in its infancy, with OnLive promising compatibility with more devices at a later date, but what they’ve accomplished so far sounds absolutely insane. It was pretty amazing to see Deus Ex: Human Revolution running just fine on a low grade laptop, but on an iPad? The mind reels from the possibilities and promise. What’s more, you can play new games like L.A. Noire, Batman: Arkham City and even Darksiders on your mobile right now (providing that you’ve signed up with the service, of course).
OnLive’s new app is a pretty stunning proof of concept for using the Cloud to stream game content online and certainly looks to be where video games, as a service, could easily go in the future and have a hand in shaping the next generation of consoles. One can’t help but ask, where is Gaikai? Has OnLive surpassed David Perry’s own idea so much that it is impossible for them to catch up? From the looks of their website, mobile streaming is suggested, but I don’t recall the company ever promoting it. In fact, I’ve never heard much from the company at all.