That day when you’ll be able to play Call of Duty while sitting on a plane or or at the park is almost here. At Qualcomm’s Uplinq yesterday, OnLive announced the Universal Wireless Controller. The controller will allow you to play video games on any device that supports OnLive, including OnLive’s own MicroConsole, PC, Mac, Vizio TVs with VIA Plus, and most importantly Android tablets and smartphones. In OnLive CEO, Steve Perlman’s own words:
We set out to make OnLive available everywhere. Now that this is a reality, consumers need a way to enjoy the full OnLive experience on any device. The new OnLive Universal Wireless Controller places high-quality gameplay in your hands whether on a TV, computer, tablet/smartphone device or on future OnLive-compatible devices yet to be introduced.Steve PerlmanCEO and Founder of OnLive
The Universal Wireless Controller will able to talk to these devices either via some voodoo magic wireless technology that the company didn’t want to talk about or a USB dongle. The HTC Flyer on the video below is using this unknown wireless technology, and it seems to be performing rather flawlessly. According to Engadget, “gaming was as good on the Flyer as it is on a PC, with little lag and the same quality graphics”. That’s music to our ears.
OnLive is not resting either, the company plans “to have 50 million Blu-ray players and 25 million Internet TVs shipped with the service on board by the end of the year”. Hopefully, this means that Google TV will get OnLive over the coming months. This would catapult the platform into the middle of the video-game console war, where Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo own most of the market.
However, Google TV has one big advantage over the Wii, the Xbox 360, and the PS3, it comes pre-installed on your TV. If playing games through OnLive is just like playing them on a Xbox 360 or a PS3, why buy either of those consoles when you already have a Google TV-powered device at home.
Looking at the video below, you get the sense that this is the future of gaming. Pretty soon, there’ll be no more dedicated devices for just playing games. Instead, as long as you have your OnLive controller on you, you’ll be able to play on anything that has a screen — from Google TV and Chromebooks to Android tablets and phones.