OnLive iPad app To get Bluetooth Controller support

OnLive, the fancy way of ‘streaming’ games to your computer or OnLive’s own set-top box, excels at allowing those of us without monster PCs or Mac Pros, to play all the most recent titles without needing to splash the cash on expensive upgrades by streaming the video to a client machine, and sending essential and mouse commands back in the other direction. It works well, for the most part. The service even has iPad and Android clients, but that’s not quite as exciting as you might think.

See, the current releases of those apps don’t actually allow users to play any games, but rather offer an opportunity for the voyeuristic viewing of other gamers as they traverse worlds, and kill zombies. It’s surprisingly engaging, but nobody could argue it’s as much fun as doing the work yourself. soon though, we’ll be playing our games through our tablets, and there’s a handy-dandy controller on the way to help us do it.

With the recent release of OnLive in the UK, Pocket-Lint caught up with the team behind the service, and John Spinale, OnLive’s vice president of games and Media was quick to allay fears that the company was missing out on a potential goldmine by avoiding gamers from enjoying titles such as Deus Ex: Human revolution best on a tablet:

“We’re in the process of revving our controller, which will be coming out this Fall, to work with a low latency Bluetooth protocol so that it’ll work on the tablets,” he said.

“It’s the one thing that we thought that was missing; a console gaming experience on a tablet. You can play games like Deus Ex: Human revolution with touch, which is sort of mind bending. but you realise that some of those games are terrific with touch, and some of them don’t do particular well.”

“This is going to blow people’s minds,” he adds, tantalisingly. “Using a dual analogue stick to play high-end console games on a tablet.

“As a gamer, it makes me pleased that I can take my tablet and my controller, stick them in my bag, and take all my games with me.

“We’ve done a lot of heavy lifting to get to this point best now. but the slogging part’s done, and now this is the fun part.”

If that doesn’t get you ever-so-slightly giddy at the prospect, it might be worth getting someone to check your pulse is, you know, still pulsing.

Just think of being able to play the most recent PC and Mac games best on your iPad, with a real control pad in your hands. If that’s the kind of thing we’re going to get used to, we feel every so slightly sorry for the current crop of iOS games out there. how can they compete with Deus Ex and other big-budget titles?

We’ll be viewing OnLive very, very closely!

Check out our iphone apps Gallery and iPad apps Gallery to explore much more apps for your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

You can follow us on Twitter or join our Facebook fanpage to keep yourself updated on all the most recent from Microsoft, Google and Apple.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.