Dec 07 AT 9:52 PM Taylor Wimberly 171 Comments

OnLive turns your Android device into a game console

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Tonight OnLive announced that their cloud gaming service has finally launched in the Android Market. The service allows you to buy or rent the hottest console and PC games then stream them to any device including PC, Mac, TV and now tablets and smartphones. The OnLive Android app is free and users who download it now can get a free copy of LEGO Batman.

Steve Perlman, Founder & CEO, described the service in a company blog post by saying, “OnLive games are cross-platform, so you can start a game on your TV at home, continue it on your tablet on the train to work, then sneak in a session during your lunch break on PC or Mac, each time dropping seamlessly into the action just where you left off, with full cross-platform multiplayer and social features.” OnLive supports both WiFi and mobile networks like 4G LTE, so you really can play anywhere with a connection.

Normally most games work with the OnLive wireless controller (coming soon for $49), but the company has also been implementing touch controls for the most popular games. At today’s launch there are over 20 touch-enabled games including LEGO Batman, Defense Grid Gold, Dirt 3, Split Second, Darksiders and many more.

OnLive currently supports the following Android devices:

  • Supported Android tablets: Acer Iconia Tab A500, ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, HTC Flyer, HTC Jetstream, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Sony Tablet S, Toshiba Thrive
  • Support Android Phones: HTC EVO, HTC Nexus One, HTC Rezound 4G, HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation XL, Motorola Droid 2, Motorola Droid X2, Motorola DROID BIONIC 4G, Motorola DROID RAZR 4G, Motorola Photon 4G, Samsung Galaxy S II 4G

If you don’t see your device listed above, OnLive says to hang in there because more will be added over the coming months.

Overall it looks like an awesome service with a growing library of 200 games. I also like the ability to test-drive games instantly, rent for 3 or 5 days, or outright purchase. OnLive also sells a special PlayBack Bundle that offers unlimited access to 100+ games. We haven’t tried the service yet, but I’m downloading it now to give LEGO Batman a spin on my tablet.

Check out the demo video below, head over to the Android Market and download OnLive for Android, and then let us know what you think.

For more hands-on coverage see The Verge, Engadget, and TechCrunch.

Via: OnLive Blog

Source: OnLive Mobile

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  • BiGMERF

    I may give a try at some point.. But i do not see it being something i would pay to much for. With my 360 and ps3 sitting here

    • alexandro meza

      Sure, but luggin’ a ps3 and xbox while you travel is not very convenient.

      • Richard Pawley

        Plus, I’ve got to try this with PS3/Wii controllers over bluetooth or Xbox360 on the Transformer USB ports…

        That would be smart – turn up at a mates house, plug in the tablet via HDMI, hook up the controllers and get your Android game on.

        UI looks very slick, but could do with a couple of free games to get you started unless I’m missing something?

        • Richard Pawley

          Actually you do get a game, check your email after sign up for LEGO: Batman. Better than nothing.

        • philnolan3d

          It does come with Lego Batman, but they have huge sales and other deals all the time. I have 17 games with OnLive, plus the micro console for my TV, and have paid a total of about $115. Half of those games were free. Deus Ex HR was 90 cents.

          This weekend Borderlands GOTY Edition and Mafia II are both 75% off.

        • damambt

          I didn’t think about this Rich. The use of third party peripherals would make this a valid competitor to gaming consoles — I’m looking at you Wii 😠 — I had never regretted buying a console until the Wii. I kinda felt robbed.

    • stenzor

      For now yes, but I can see this soon becoming a big threat for consoles… If people have a device that is powerful enough to run these games like most smartphones and tablets out now, what is the point of buying a separate device to play games on? I think console manufacturers will really have to differentiate now and push towards more graphic intensive games and motion tracking devices–both of which tablets and smartphones don’t yet support

      • mr 1338

        thats just what they do, Kinect, eyetoy and wii
        but i doubt it will be long until there is something kinect like for android with the Front facing cam present in almost any new device

        • http://www.droidgamers.com Andrew Huff

          There are apps already in development that bring Kinect style gaming to Android so they will have to do something else to set themselves apart.

          • charliethesuperturtle

            Fuck yeah kinectimals on Droid woohoo

          • mr 1338

            you gotta tell me more about this. all i know is the one korean cellphone with the ad where the girl is making cookies

          • AndyNguyen36

            Can’t wait for that to come out!

      • natsu

        PSVita will come and provide “graphic intensive games and motion tracking devices”..^_^

    • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

      agreed, BM, what platform do you prefer to play on? 360 or PS3? My PS3 spends more time as a media streamer/blu-ray player than it does a gaming machine.

    • http://sean-the-electrofreak.blogspot.com/ Sean the Electrofreak

      Definitely give it a shot, almost every game can be demo’d for 30 minutes as many times as you like.

      I’ll admit to being a OnLive fanboi for some time now… I love to game on PC but have nothing but a Wii and a craptop because I’m a dad and I can’t really justify spending money on a decent gaming PC or consoles when my family needs other things first (and there is always other things).

      OnLive has let me play games like Deus Ex: Human Revolution on my laptop that doesn’t meet the minimum specs for the PC game, and I only paid $1.20 for the game because I got it on a promotional deal.

      So I’ve been waiting for this for some time… only downside is that I’ll need to pick up the controller to be able to play most of my games on my phone.

      It’s also worth noting that my Samsung Epic 4G wasn’t on the list of supported phones but downloaded and ran the app just fine.

    • Tony Torres

      yeah same here i dont see the point if i already own a 360

  • alexandro meza
    • Jorge Eslava

      I just downloaded it on my Asus Transformer but my internet speed is too slow =(, I tested it and its ping 22ms down 3.76Mbps up 1.81Mbps, I wonder what kind of speeds you need to play the games, I really wanted to try this out

      • Jorge Eslava

        I tried it again and it worked, looks like the “free” games are just free trials, pretty nice service though, the best games require a controller.

    • damambt

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  • YMS123

    While playing over 4g LTE would be awesome, it could really chew through your data… The million dollar question: Will Sprint’s LTE be Unlimited. I certainly hope so

    • Futureboy

      They’re working on that too. I watched a presentation they gave at Columbia Engineering School (link posted below). They’re working on some cool stuff. If you jump to 55:12 in the video, he talks about work they’re doing which can potentially push the boundaries of wireless data past the limit of today’s spectrum capacity. He mentions they have current tests running that are pushing 10x past the capacity limit of the existing spectrum and have yet to determine where the new cap is. I’m sure there will be a lot of obstacles to overcome before it becomes a reality, but it’s awesome to get a peek at what’s possible.

      • Eric R.

        @ futureboy, Thanks, that was a great presentation. Funny how many layers of bureaucracy these inventors have to work around just to re-imagine wireless spectrum.

        -Eric

    • YMS123

      UPDATE: It works on Sprint’s WiMax 4g!!!! Unlimited mobile console gaming, mind blown!

  • Bryan Stoner

    Holy (*@! This service is gonna top everyone’s list of reasons to buy a tablet!

    • Bryan Stoner

      *and a smartphone ;)

    • levigarret

      Looks awesome! Would be interested to know how fast this kills a battery . . . another reason to grab the keyboard dock with the transformer prime

      • Alex

        I wonder if you would be able to play games using the keyboard…

        • http://keridel.blogspot.com james bricknell

          it does let me play lego batman using my transformer keyboard

      • philnolan3d

        I’ve been using it a lot since it launched on both my Droid X and Xoom and haven’t noticed anything special happening with the battery. Consider that all it’s really doing is decoding video, much like the YouTube app.

  • myandroid99

    can’t wait to try this

  • http://keridel.blogspot.com james bricknell

    i’ve pay for the service anyway so have downloaded to my transformer and my nexus. will let you know what they are like :)

  • Michael Haller

    Seems cool but my phone isn’t supported :(

    • BeatRoot

      Just give it a shot, I tried on my SGS and it worked perfectly. There’s no reason why shouldn’t work on non-tested devices.

      Might as well give it a shot

  • James

    Boo, not available in my country (Canada), not cool.

  • YMS123

    It’s not listed, but it works on my Evo 3d

  • https://plus.google.com/109600738460265587799/posts Lewis McGeary

    Nexus S is not on that list, but the Market stated compatible and let me download, so must’ve been missed from the list(though haven’t actually used it as can’t be bothered registering an account right now)

  • http://about.me/patrick.connelly pcon

    I’ve been looking forward to trying this out for a while. If this works well, then it could set Android apart as the future of mobile gaming.

    The key being “if this works well”

  • Alex

    This concept is SO COOL. Even if it doesn’t work well, it’s still pretty ingenious.

  • WarDrake

    Yeah, my phone isn’t either… i wonder how it’ll hold up over 3g once it is tho…

    • philnolan3d

      Have you tried it? My Droid X isn’t listed., but it works fine. 3G works fairly well, the picture is a little soft but it’s still playable. Especially depending on the game, a game like World of Goo or Osmos will look better than Unreal Tournament for example.

  • schofieldesign

    This is why I got a tablet. I’ve never been much of a gamer but now playing decent games with my a500 is an awesome way to pass the time. My wife will rue the day she ever bought me a tablet

    • http://about.me/patrick.connelly pcon

      My wife is already rue-ing the day :)

  • ariesness

    Downloaded it but can’t seem to get my copy of Lego Batman :(

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Yeah I saw others asking about that. Not sure how to claim it, but their site still says you get a free full copy.

    • YMS123

      While trying out a trail game, I got an email from OnLive saying I have Lego Batman, after that I saw it in a quick play menu

    • http://nickedynick.blogspot.com Nickedynick

      I got an email last night just for using the viewer app they released a while ago. You’ll probably get sent one after using the application for a bit.

  • Deeds

    This is a very cool idea that could revolutionize not only mobile gaming, but gaming itself

  • zyphbear

    I first was a little doubtful of playing remotely, but the more I saw the video and what all you can do, I’m getting interested in trying it out. After all, it seems your game is saved online instead of having to install it on a computer, that way performance can still be good and look nice without having a top of the line computer. My only question is how the lag might be on mobile devices, especially on a mobile (3G/4G) Network and how much bandwidth is getting used.

  • mavensage

    They say you get Lego Batman free, but I only see a free 30 minute trial.

    • Trinhbo

      Wait for the email and it automatically shows up in your “my games” section.

  • thekaz

    Sweet. Gotta check it out. Kids’ll love Lego Batman..

    Me? I’m holding out for Lego Aquaman…

  • http://facebook.com/jestertx2001 Jes

    Oh well at least now I’ll have fun reaching my data cap every month.

  • la_resistance28

    Didn’t HTC invest something like $40 million into OnLive earlier this year? I wonder what they’re getting out of it, because it doesn’t look like this benefits HTC exclusively at all. And between OnLive, the “Tegra Zone”, Playstation Certified, and Amazon’s games, I get a bad feeling we may be heading for some Android gaming fragmentation as well.

    • fenixshaw

      Onlive is different. Being cloud gaming, it allows you to use on multiple devices/different ways to play the games you own. Fragmentation is already there. Services like Onlive might actually work more like a bandaid.

    • philnolan3d

      OnLive comes built into the HTC Flyer, that’s what they get out of it.

  • http://keridel.blogspot.com james bricknell

    to get batman you need to install it through the link on the onlive blog not the one taylor has linked to. If you uninstall and re install through that it works

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Looks like they just email with a link to Lego Batman after you sign up.

  • sylar

    Hmm sounds cool, wonder how much of a drain it would be on your battery? I think I will stick to my normal gaming consoles my phone has bad enough battery life as it is and I don’t really play games on it very often anyway.

  • Kevin Amundson

    Personally, I’m not big into gaming, but I can definitely see the attraction for people with tablet devices.

  • CJ LaFleur

    If this supports the transformer prime and has uncharted 3, i can get rid of my ps3. This is gonna be great when i go to boarding school. I play uc3 the most of any game i own. Having this will be awesome cuz i can just hook it up yo my tv with an hdmi cable and there goes the need for a console. Plus i can get nhl 12 from the market i think so that’s all i need. I’m set!

  • Joshua Melling

    Wow thats amazing.

  • xsynth

    I wondered if they were going to do this. I would like to see a steam app that lets you play your games through android, but they’ll need to change it to streaming like these guys.

  • http://passionofthepau.tumblr.com PassionofthePau

    I wonder if Apple would ever allow an OnLive app in the App Store? Seems like it might compete with future plans for Apple TV. Would be interesting to see if Google TV goes down this path of connected TV Android gaming as well.

  • http://www.desean.net desean

    On the renting games, would anyone rent games with the general android game price being so low (comparative to PC & console game price)?

    • http://genesischess.com/ MJM128

      And enough quality games that are free too.

  • jdawg334

    Very buggy! Downloaded this app and tried Lego Batman. Awesome graphics but choppy, Touchscreen controls are unresponsive, phone got hot and then app force closed. Opened it again and phone rebooted. Could have good potential with A LOT of work. Uninstalling for now MOTO Droid-OG.

    • charliethesuperturtle

      Ur device isn’t supported….
      It shows mostly dual core

  • https://plus.google.com/109600738460265587799/posts Lewis McGeary

    Services like this will really push the tablet market in the future. At the moment they’re an extravagant extra, but soon they’ll be “laptop and console in one”.
    One device instead of two will be an attractive prospect.

  • cheeseasaurus

    Definitely great potential. With portable devices supposedly in line to replace consoles, this sort of starts that. But I can only imagine its extremely data intensive, and since data caps are the new black, that could be a problem.

  • Vap1d-

    Pretty interesting, albeit somewhat odd considering the list of devices supported. Old – Newish, no apparent rhyme or reason. Will def be keeping an eye on this and hope for broader support.

  • charliethesuperturtle

    Stuff like this can really make consoles obsolete
    No ps3 I didn’t say anything…..

    • phaet2112

      As long as companies charge 60 bucks per game, there will be significant pressure from below to migrate to less expensive platforms which can cross devices (red or yellow ring means another console hardware purchase to get back access to your investments).

  • Bpear96

    Holy crap!! Just got done playing some darksiders on my galaxy s ii (international) seems to play PRETTY good , also tried Lego Batman played fine as well. I think onlive has something here :D the touch screen controlls could be improved, but that can be fixed. Also this could be amazing if devs made games designed for phones and tablets and also designed to run from onlive, great graphics and Controls are possible with this

  • mau003

    Do somebody know why even I have an European Version of the Asus Transformer I cannot download this application?? I’m quite annoyed..

  • azswift

    If your device support it, you get 1080P games out from HDMI at PC quality!

  • superboriqua

    Yay, more things to distract me from the everyday

  • cheeseasaurus

    I’m actually quite impressed after playing with it. It runs phenomenally over wifi. Using a G2X with no issues. I would like to see 360 controller or third party Bluetooth controller support but I’m sure I wont since they’ll need to hawk their own, but that’s understandable. I’d love to see oblige take off this year, maybe at some point ill invest in a controller if I know they’ll stick around.

  • Peter Dowling

    Hm, the qualification of having a USB port on my next tablet just jumped to the top of the list. Seriously, this could really be something. Or not, maybe people who like games will just keep playing on $1500 computers.

  • antonioortegajr

    Nexus S works well. Lego Batman is supposed to auto appear in 24 hours. WIll play more then.

  • sgtponce

    How about Google TV support!?

    • YMS123

      That’d be epic! Until then, you could output from your phone toTV via HDMI, add a controler and BAM- console obsolete!

  • Glenn Falvey
  • Droid Dewd

    I haven’t had a chance to play any of the games but just based on the few games I saw this looks amazing. I just got a portable gamebox on my TF!

  • Adryan maldonado

    This thing actually looks really cool. I would like to buy the controller though and use it on my emulators. Buy 4 and get some classic gaming up in here like Goldeneye or perfect dark or mario kart 64

  • Hall Lo

    Love the concept :) if this works really well i dun think theres any reason to not to try it

  • http://ilysespieces.tumblr.com Ilyse Rose

    That’s awesome, hopefully my phone is supported in the future.

  • Monkeyman364

    G2X isn’t on the list either but I was able to download the app and try out a few games o_O. Could it have something to do with CM7?

    • heeros

      I doubt it. I’m running CM7 on my G2/Desire Z, and HP touchpad at the moment and don’t see it on ether. :-(

      Unless you’ve fiddled with the build.prop or installed some kind of market enabler.

  • brian tam

    wow! really?! this is crazy…cant wait to try this out

  • deez1234

    This seems like a step in the right direction. Can’t wait to see where this goes….

  • heeros

    As others have mentioned. I’m really disappointed in the devices they decided to support. If the Nexus one can do it, my G2 can definitively do it (with overclocking to 1.5 Ghz). I’m hoping they’ll open it up to all devices in the near future, or I could check xda and see if someone hacked it yet.

  • ArticulateFool

    I am extremely curious about this service, I will try it out.

  • spintrex

    If only you could use your phone on a plane. This would make the +15 hour trip to Australia quite nice if I was able to play some Uncharted on the way but since you can’t use the network on a plane and uncharted isn’t available with onlive then you just have to result with mobile gaming.

    • ArticulateFool

      Some airlines have WiFi these days.

      You could put your phone in airplane mode and get your game on!

    • inviolable

      Well Uncharted isn’t gonna be available on OnLive anytime soon (never) anyway. Might as well get a Vita.

      • spintrex

        Lol I know.. but it would of been cool. I just wish you can everything on one device BUT we probably won’t see something like that for a while. Sidenote I hope Vita gets some first party developers to make some great games… and make up for the software library that was PSP

  • eioous

    Thats pretty Sweet

  • tpulu

    Seems cool, gonna give it a try later. Happy gaming everyone!

  • inviolable

    I’m still not sold on OnLive, but the idea of playing full release games anywhere is appealing. Can’t lie about that. Too bad I can’t import my existing save files.

  • tpulu

    Works well over wifi, wish I had a tablet to play on though… I got big fingers lol

  • antonioortegajr

    Lego bats is great! (On Nexus S and on wifi)

  • Jorge Eslava

    I’m trying it out right now

  • Emmanuel Lazcano

    No love for the HTC Incredible. :/

  • Vitti

    Where is this free Batman? It is saying there is only a Free Trial… but most games have the free trial. Am I missing something?

  • Khronykking

    Very intriguing. I like it but not sold yet enough to buy anything.

  • http://nickedynick.blogspot.com Nickedynick

    Finally! This is going to be huge! Controls aren’t great for phones at the moment (direction controls are tiny), meaning things like Dirt 3 don’t play well, but link a controller and it’s great!

  • Kenneth Ohonba

    Great idea cause I really like console quality gaming on my device

  • Darknight42020

    Wow…all I can say is…wow. I’ve played around with the console but to have it on my device is truely great. Thank you Androidandme. Wouldn’t of even known about the app…

  • Ruben Rivera

    I think the idea of cloud gaming is awesome but I just wish we could have larger data plans through carriers. It will happen someday though. I’m sure of it.

  • http://twitter.com/sbateskc Sean BillyMaysHere

    interesting…

  • http://www.bossyman15.com Adam Clark

    took a while but i finally got email for Lego Batman.

    • c1liu

      me too. didn’t know that we had to get the email first haha. i was playing the trial for a bit.

  • Ismael Rodriguez

    Sweet. I avoid the service when I first heard about it, but turns out you can buy individual games outright and play them whenever’s clever. I’m only a casual gamer, so I wasn’t interested in a subscription plan…but some older ones are pretty cheap. That’s a win in my book.

  • sockeqwe

    I think this could app could bring ps3 xbox etc. games with the same graphic experience on a mobile device. That sounds pretty cool … I will give a try to this app

  • tweedie

    Hope it works for my galaxy nexus – looks promising – waiting for the free lego game.

  • roamdeus

    It definitely looks promising but to take over home console not in the near future ….. 1 thing that I think about is streaming live gameplay hi-def without a lag…… I think quality gameplay is gona hold it back but it should sell well

  • behzadbayat

    This could be the future of gaming.

  • behzadbayat

    It is not available in my country.

  • http://www.droid-den.com lekky

    This is pretty Damn exciting.

  • Fabio Rojas

    Nice but they support nexus 1 and not Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus?? priority should be the other way around

  • Fede Montemurri

    Nice idea, in the future it will be better and better because a lot of ppl don’t know that

  • xkfrat

    This is amazing!!! The SGS handles it just fine :)

  • humidity

    Guess I’ll have to wait to upgrade from my OG Droid to give this a try. Hopefully it’ll work on the Galaxy Nexus soon.

  • Trinhbo

    This is a very cool idea. However the interface seems more tailored for larger screens of tablets. I find myself zooming in a lot (on my Galaxy S2) because the initial menus are low resolution and blurry until you pinch zoom in. Hopefully they continue to optimize the interface for phones.

  • eric peereboom

    Works great on my dell streak 7. It can be a little difficult using the touch controls at first but I’m really enjoying it so far.

  • Diaeko

    so i can play GTA4 & Battlefield3 on my android device????

  • marcustg

    I have to buy a newer phone :D I want to try this..

  • donger

    time to get my gaming on.

  • Chad

    Can’t wait for it to come to the Galaxy Nexus especially with the HD port dock and it’s ability to support usb controllers it’ll be like console in your pocket – I know, I know, twss.

    • Chad

      Actually I just checked the Market and it is compatible with the HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus!

  • http://www.ericfortin.ca Cocorickoo

    weird, i got a Nexus One with MIUI and it says its incompatible… :(

  • mikesuds

    Perhaps if I had a tablet, this could be fun on the bus ride to and from work. But otherwise I am fine playing BF3 and GOW on my 360 :) (gamertag: mikesuds)

  • theJP

    Why do I have this feeling that it will not work well on a phone over a mobile connection?

    • johnb

      depends, if you have a 4g connection and they’re streaming video to you at a compression like h.264, which is really all they’re doing, it could work. there might be some lag in the controls going back to their side. it be cool if you could “buffer” some levels of the game locally to your device if you knew you were going to be away from a wifi connection for an hour or two

  • johnb

    Any idea if you can use an xbox controller via an OTG cable on a Moto Xoom or other tablet? Instead of having to purchase the proprietary controller?

  • lancaster09

    Sweet can you use the wii controller app? I think this is great… makes me wan to invest in go-go for when i fly… is On Live on the app market or 3rd party?

  • Kainoah Arnold

    Dude, this is freakin awesome. Once I get my Transformer Prime it will be perfect, can hook it up to a tv via hdmi out and play on there it’ll be awesome! Lego Batman is pretty cool for a free game. Only problem I see is the prices of games are a little high but when the games compare to console games most people might not care that much.

    • Dan

      That’s true, but if you get the subscription ($10 monthly) it knock 30% off all games and hardware. WELL worth it when you consider that kicks most new games to around $35 and gives you access to over 100 indie (and older) games.

  • http://None Javier Bastardo

    The future of gaming, this wouldn’t be even thinkable a few years back. Sure this is not going to bring down home and portable consoles, just as those won’t bring down desktop and laptop gaming.

  • jwier

    I’m very impressed thus far with OnLive. Sure the phone controls could be improved (Driod Bionic 4G) and controller support for say PS3 controllers with the phone, but all in all, its damn good!

  • HoLfElDeR
  • MoSDeeb

    Really looking forward to this if I am able to get a good tethering connection. Train rides at 6am to Downtown Chicago for work every weekday will become slightly more bearable

  • Alex Pena

    Pretty Impressive but I still have an xbox so I wouldnt really need this.

  • cristian donose

    When did my phone gotten that old? So i gues next year i must upgrade …not supported for On live.(Galaxy S).

  • Bpear96

    for those having trouble downloading, try manually installing this APK http://www.multiupload.com/W67I5XEBSU

  • James Conley

    Now when I go camping I can enjoy nature (from a park in GTA 4) ;)

  • seansin

    This is cool….

  • supercaliber64

    This service is great. And this additional support of Android will be a huge boost to OnLive. I’ve had the OnLive viewer on my Bionic for some time and it’s amazing technology. Now that the player is available, this was the final piece to the tablet purchase justification.
    BTW, Dirt3, Lego Batman (free with app install), work flawlessly on my Bionic on WiFi and 4G. I saw a little lag when I was connected via 3G, but it was expected.

  • Vipitus

    This system is really nice, working on my Galaxy S :)

  • Oskar Wismierski

    This is the future of gaming I think.. I love the fact that you can but a game once and play it everywhere (pc, tv, phone). plus you don’t need a top end pc to play high quality games..

    Plus: works fine on my galaxy s II :D

  • honourbound68

    sprint better catch up on wimax/LTE coverage so i can put this to good use :(

  • Chris Lewis

    Looks cool but im getting a crazy pink hew whenever I logon. Im using a droid x2 running liberty. Anyone else getting this?

  • Samar

    Coolest news Yet..guys.

  • flamesbladeflcl

    works nice on the evo view wish my home wifi didn’t suck so much

  • Marc’us H.

    I’m still unsure of how this will work with playing A+ games on mobile devices that are no where near designed to move 30-60fps games as PC or console games? Did I miss that somewhere in the videos?

  • minimage

    I am loving this (and fearing it, because it’s yet another distraction and way to spend money). Dirt3 is not my kind of game, but I enjoyed trying Lego Batman and really enjoyed Darksiders. I had trouble moving accurately in LB, but that may have been user error.

  • Granna

    Well, this will be huge!

  • Engji

    i want the 200th game!

  • Tom Murphy
  • blaseb

    This is an amazing idea! I’m definitely going to try it

  • eliander mendoza

    so yea this does not work for my smartphone saddly :(. I will see if i win a tablet here :D and then i might try it IF it is supported. I wish all androids were supported for every update like IOS, ps: I don’t like IOS >.< no wait that is wrong i dont like apple but i like IOs.

  • azswift

    They should also add an option to run hosted apps that aren’t available on tablest/phones. They would grow their business as a cloud provider too.

  • Nathan D.

    sweet arkham city on my new tablet I’ll hopefully get soon will be awesome! =)

  1. I may give a try at some point.. But i do not see it being something i would pay to much for. With my 360 and ps3 sitting here

    • Sure, but luggin’ a ps3 and xbox while you travel is not very convenient.

      • Plus, I’ve got to try this with PS3/Wii controllers over bluetooth or Xbox360 on the Transformer USB ports…

        That would be smart – turn up at a mates house, plug in the tablet via HDMI, hook up the controllers and get your Android game on.

        UI looks very slick, but could do with a couple of free games to get you started unless I’m missing something?

        • Actually you do get a game, check your email after sign up for LEGO: Batman. Better than nothing.

        • It does come with Lego Batman, but they have huge sales and other deals all the time. I have 17 games with OnLive, plus the micro console for my TV, and have paid a total of about $115. Half of those games were free. Deus Ex HR was 90 cents.

          This weekend Borderlands GOTY Edition and Mafia II are both 75% off.

        • I didn’t think about this Rich. The use of third party peripherals would make this a valid competitor to gaming consoles — I’m looking at you Wii 😠 — I had never regretted buying a console until the Wii. I kinda felt robbed.

    • For now yes, but I can see this soon becoming a big threat for consoles… If people have a device that is powerful enough to run these games like most smartphones and tablets out now, what is the point of buying a separate device to play games on? I think console manufacturers will really have to differentiate now and push towards more graphic intensive games and motion tracking devices–both of which tablets and smartphones don’t yet support

    • agreed, BM, what platform do you prefer to play on? 360 or PS3? My PS3 spends more time as a media streamer/blu-ray player than it does a gaming machine.

    • Definitely give it a shot, almost every game can be demo’d for 30 minutes as many times as you like.

      I’ll admit to being a OnLive fanboi for some time now… I love to game on PC but have nothing but a Wii and a craptop because I’m a dad and I can’t really justify spending money on a decent gaming PC or consoles when my family needs other things first (and there is always other things).

      OnLive has let me play games like Deus Ex: Human Revolution on my laptop that doesn’t meet the minimum specs for the PC game, and I only paid $1.20 for the game because I got it on a promotional deal.

      So I’ve been waiting for this for some time… only downside is that I’ll need to pick up the controller to be able to play most of my games on my phone.

      It’s also worth noting that my Samsung Epic 4G wasn’t on the list of supported phones but downloaded and ran the app just fine.

    • yeah same here i dont see the point if i already own a 360

  2. While playing over 4g LTE would be awesome, it could really chew through your data… The million dollar question: Will Sprint’s LTE be Unlimited. I certainly hope so

    • They’re working on that too. I watched a presentation they gave at Columbia Engineering School (link posted below). They’re working on some cool stuff. If you jump to 55:12 in the video, he talks about work they’re doing which can potentially push the boundaries of wireless data past the limit of today’s spectrum capacity. He mentions they have current tests running that are pushing 10x past the capacity limit of the existing spectrum and have yet to determine where the new cap is. I’m sure there will be a lot of obstacles to overcome before it becomes a reality, but it’s awesome to get a peek at what’s possible.

      • Eric R.Guest 3 years ago

        @ futureboy, Thanks, that was a great presentation. Funny how many layers of bureaucracy these inventors have to work around just to re-imagine wireless spectrum.

        -Eric

    • UPDATE: It works on Sprint’s WiMax 4g!!!! Unlimited mobile console gaming, mind blown!

  3. Holy (*@! This service is gonna top everyone’s list of reasons to buy a tablet!

  4. can’t wait to try this

  5. i’ve pay for the service anyway so have downloaded to my transformer and my nexus. will let you know what they are like :)

  6. Seems cool but my phone isn’t supported :(

    • BeatRootGuest 3 years ago

      Just give it a shot, I tried on my SGS and it worked perfectly. There’s no reason why shouldn’t work on non-tested devices.

      Might as well give it a shot

  7. JamesGuest 3 years ago

    Boo, not available in my country (Canada), not cool.

  8. It’s not listed, but it works on my Evo 3d

  9. Nexus S is not on that list, but the Market stated compatible and let me download, so must’ve been missed from the list(though haven’t actually used it as can’t be bothered registering an account right now)

  10. I’ve been looking forward to trying this out for a while. If this works well, then it could set Android apart as the future of mobile gaming.

    The key being “if this works well”

  11. This concept is SO COOL. Even if it doesn’t work well, it’s still pretty ingenious.

  12. Yeah, my phone isn’t either… i wonder how it’ll hold up over 3g once it is tho…

    • Have you tried it? My Droid X isn’t listed., but it works fine. 3G works fairly well, the picture is a little soft but it’s still playable. Especially depending on the game, a game like World of Goo or Osmos will look better than Unreal Tournament for example.

  13. This is why I got a tablet. I’ve never been much of a gamer but now playing decent games with my a500 is an awesome way to pass the time. My wife will rue the day she ever bought me a tablet

  14. Downloaded it but can’t seem to get my copy of Lego Batman :(

  15. This is a very cool idea that could revolutionize not only mobile gaming, but gaming itself

  16. I first was a little doubtful of playing remotely, but the more I saw the video and what all you can do, I’m getting interested in trying it out. After all, it seems your game is saved online instead of having to install it on a computer, that way performance can still be good and look nice without having a top of the line computer. My only question is how the lag might be on mobile devices, especially on a mobile (3G/4G) Network and how much bandwidth is getting used.

  17. They say you get Lego Batman free, but I only see a free 30 minute trial.

  18. Sweet. Gotta check it out. Kids’ll love Lego Batman..

    Me? I’m holding out for Lego Aquaman…

  19. Oh well at least now I’ll have fun reaching my data cap every month.

  20. Didn’t HTC invest something like $40 million into OnLive earlier this year? I wonder what they’re getting out of it, because it doesn’t look like this benefits HTC exclusively at all. And between OnLive, the “Tegra Zone”, Playstation Certified, and Amazon’s games, I get a bad feeling we may be heading for some Android gaming fragmentation as well.

  21. to get batman you need to install it through the link on the onlive blog not the one taylor has linked to. If you uninstall and re install through that it works

  22. Hmm sounds cool, wonder how much of a drain it would be on your battery? I think I will stick to my normal gaming consoles my phone has bad enough battery life as it is and I don’t really play games on it very often anyway.

  23. Personally, I’m not big into gaming, but I can definitely see the attraction for people with tablet devices.

  24. If this supports the transformer prime and has uncharted 3, i can get rid of my ps3. This is gonna be great when i go to boarding school. I play uc3 the most of any game i own. Having this will be awesome cuz i can just hook it up yo my tv with an hdmi cable and there goes the need for a console. Plus i can get nhl 12 from the market i think so that’s all i need. I’m set!

  25. I wondered if they were going to do this. I would like to see a steam app that lets you play your games through android, but they’ll need to change it to streaming like these guys.

  26. I wonder if Apple would ever allow an OnLive app in the App Store? Seems like it might compete with future plans for Apple TV. Would be interesting to see if Google TV goes down this path of connected TV Android gaming as well.

  27. On the renting games, would anyone rent games with the general android game price being so low (comparative to PC & console game price)?

  28. Very buggy! Downloaded this app and tried Lego Batman. Awesome graphics but choppy, Touchscreen controls are unresponsive, phone got hot and then app force closed. Opened it again and phone rebooted. Could have good potential with A LOT of work. Uninstalling for now MOTO Droid-OG.

  29. Services like this will really push the tablet market in the future. At the moment they’re an extravagant extra, but soon they’ll be “laptop and console in one”.
    One device instead of two will be an attractive prospect.

  30. Definitely great potential. With portable devices supposedly in line to replace consoles, this sort of starts that. But I can only imagine its extremely data intensive, and since data caps are the new black, that could be a problem.

  31. Pretty interesting, albeit somewhat odd considering the list of devices supported. Old – Newish, no apparent rhyme or reason. Will def be keeping an eye on this and hope for broader support.

  32. Stuff like this can really make consoles obsolete
    No ps3 I didn’t say anything…..

    • As long as companies charge 60 bucks per game, there will be significant pressure from below to migrate to less expensive platforms which can cross devices (red or yellow ring means another console hardware purchase to get back access to your investments).

  33. Holy crap!! Just got done playing some darksiders on my galaxy s ii (international) seems to play PRETTY good , also tried Lego Batman played fine as well. I think onlive has something here :D the touch screen controlls could be improved, but that can be fixed. Also this could be amazing if devs made games designed for phones and tablets and also designed to run from onlive, great graphics and Controls are possible with this

  34. Do somebody know why even I have an European Version of the Asus Transformer I cannot download this application?? I’m quite annoyed..

  35. If your device support it, you get 1080P games out from HDMI at PC quality!

  36. Yay, more things to distract me from the everyday

  37. I’m actually quite impressed after playing with it. It runs phenomenally over wifi. Using a G2X with no issues. I would like to see 360 controller or third party Bluetooth controller support but I’m sure I wont since they’ll need to hawk their own, but that’s understandable. I’d love to see oblige take off this year, maybe at some point ill invest in a controller if I know they’ll stick around.

  38. Hm, the qualification of having a USB port on my next tablet just jumped to the top of the list. Seriously, this could really be something. Or not, maybe people who like games will just keep playing on $1500 computers.

  39. Nexus S works well. Lego Batman is supposed to auto appear in 24 hours. WIll play more then.

  40. How about Google TV support!?

  41. I haven’t had a chance to play any of the games but just based on the few games I saw this looks amazing. I just got a portable gamebox on my TF!

  42. This thing actually looks really cool. I would like to buy the controller though and use it on my emulators. Buy 4 and get some classic gaming up in here like Goldeneye or perfect dark or mario kart 64

  43. Love the concept :) if this works really well i dun think theres any reason to not to try it

  44. That’s awesome, hopefully my phone is supported in the future.

  45. G2X isn’t on the list either but I was able to download the app and try out a few games o_O. Could it have something to do with CM7?

    • I doubt it. I’m running CM7 on my G2/Desire Z, and HP touchpad at the moment and don’t see it on ether. :-(

      Unless you’ve fiddled with the build.prop or installed some kind of market enabler.

  46. wow! really?! this is crazy…cant wait to try this out

  47. This seems like a step in the right direction. Can’t wait to see where this goes….

  48. As others have mentioned. I’m really disappointed in the devices they decided to support. If the Nexus one can do it, my G2 can definitively do it (with overclocking to 1.5 Ghz). I’m hoping they’ll open it up to all devices in the near future, or I could check xda and see if someone hacked it yet.

  49. I am extremely curious about this service, I will try it out.

  50. If only you could use your phone on a plane. This would make the +15 hour trip to Australia quite nice if I was able to play some Uncharted on the way but since you can’t use the network on a plane and uncharted isn’t available with onlive then you just have to result with mobile gaming.

  51. Thats pretty Sweet

  52. Seems cool, gonna give it a try later. Happy gaming everyone!

  53. I’m still not sold on OnLive, but the idea of playing full release games anywhere is appealing. Can’t lie about that. Too bad I can’t import my existing save files.

  54. Works well over wifi, wish I had a tablet to play on though… I got big fingers lol

  55. Lego bats is great! (On Nexus S and on wifi)

  56. I’m trying it out right now

  57. No love for the HTC Incredible. :/

  58. Where is this free Batman? It is saying there is only a Free Trial… but most games have the free trial. Am I missing something?

  59. Very intriguing. I like it but not sold yet enough to buy anything.

  60. Finally! This is going to be huge! Controls aren’t great for phones at the moment (direction controls are tiny), meaning things like Dirt 3 don’t play well, but link a controller and it’s great!

  61. Great idea cause I really like console quality gaming on my device

  62. Wow…all I can say is…wow. I’ve played around with the console but to have it on my device is truely great. Thank you Androidandme. Wouldn’t of even known about the app…

  63. I think the idea of cloud gaming is awesome but I just wish we could have larger data plans through carriers. It will happen someday though. I’m sure of it.

  64. took a while but i finally got email for Lego Batman.

  65. Sweet. I avoid the service when I first heard about it, but turns out you can buy individual games outright and play them whenever’s clever. I’m only a casual gamer, so I wasn’t interested in a subscription plan…but some older ones are pretty cheap. That’s a win in my book.

  66. I think this could app could bring ps3 xbox etc. games with the same graphic experience on a mobile device. That sounds pretty cool … I will give a try to this app

  67. Hope it works for my galaxy nexus – looks promising – waiting for the free lego game.

  68. It definitely looks promising but to take over home console not in the near future ….. 1 thing that I think about is streaming live gameplay hi-def without a lag…… I think quality gameplay is gona hold it back but it should sell well

  69. This could be the future of gaming.

  70. It is not available in my country.

  71. This is pretty Damn exciting.

  72. Nice but they support nexus 1 and not Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus?? priority should be the other way around

  73. Nice idea, in the future it will be better and better because a lot of ppl don’t know that

  74. This is amazing!!! The SGS handles it just fine :)

  75. Guess I’ll have to wait to upgrade from my OG Droid to give this a try. Hopefully it’ll work on the Galaxy Nexus soon.

  76. This is a very cool idea. However the interface seems more tailored for larger screens of tablets. I find myself zooming in a lot (on my Galaxy S2) because the initial menus are low resolution and blurry until you pinch zoom in. Hopefully they continue to optimize the interface for phones.

  77. Works great on my dell streak 7. It can be a little difficult using the touch controls at first but I’m really enjoying it so far.

  78. so i can play GTA4 & Battlefield3 on my android device????

  79. I have to buy a newer phone :D I want to try this..

  80. time to get my gaming on.

  81. Can’t wait for it to come to the Galaxy Nexus especially with the HD port dock and it’s ability to support usb controllers it’ll be like console in your pocket – I know, I know, twss.

  82. weird, i got a Nexus One with MIUI and it says its incompatible… :(

  83. Perhaps if I had a tablet, this could be fun on the bus ride to and from work. But otherwise I am fine playing BF3 and GOW on my 360 :) (gamertag: mikesuds)

  84. Why do I have this feeling that it will not work well on a phone over a mobile connection?

    • depends, if you have a 4g connection and they’re streaming video to you at a compression like h.264, which is really all they’re doing, it could work. there might be some lag in the controls going back to their side. it be cool if you could “buffer” some levels of the game locally to your device if you knew you were going to be away from a wifi connection for an hour or two

  85. Any idea if you can use an xbox controller via an OTG cable on a Moto Xoom or other tablet? Instead of having to purchase the proprietary controller?

  86. Sweet can you use the wii controller app? I think this is great… makes me wan to invest in go-go for when i fly… is On Live on the app market or 3rd party?

  87. Dude, this is freakin awesome. Once I get my Transformer Prime it will be perfect, can hook it up to a tv via hdmi out and play on there it’ll be awesome! Lego Batman is pretty cool for a free game. Only problem I see is the prices of games are a little high but when the games compare to console games most people might not care that much.

    • DanGuest 3 years ago

      That’s true, but if you get the subscription ($10 monthly) it knock 30% off all games and hardware. WELL worth it when you consider that kicks most new games to around $35 and gives you access to over 100 indie (and older) games.

  88. The future of gaming, this wouldn’t be even thinkable a few years back. Sure this is not going to bring down home and portable consoles, just as those won’t bring down desktop and laptop gaming.

  89. I’m very impressed thus far with OnLive. Sure the phone controls could be improved (Driod Bionic 4G) and controller support for say PS3 controllers with the phone, but all in all, its damn good!

  90. Really looking forward to this if I am able to get a good tethering connection. Train rides at 6am to Downtown Chicago for work every weekday will become slightly more bearable

  91. Pretty Impressive but I still have an xbox so I wouldnt really need this.

  92. When did my phone gotten that old? So i gues next year i must upgrade …not supported for On live.(Galaxy S).

  93. for those having trouble downloading, try manually installing this APK http://www.multiupload.com/W67I5XEBSU

  94. Now when I go camping I can enjoy nature (from a park in GTA 4) ;)

  95. This service is great. And this additional support of Android will be a huge boost to OnLive. I’ve had the OnLive viewer on my Bionic for some time and it’s amazing technology. Now that the player is available, this was the final piece to the tablet purchase justification.
    BTW, Dirt3, Lego Batman (free with app install), work flawlessly on my Bionic on WiFi and 4G. I saw a little lag when I was connected via 3G, but it was expected.

  96. This system is really nice, working on my Galaxy S :)

  97. This is the future of gaming I think.. I love the fact that you can but a game once and play it everywhere (pc, tv, phone). plus you don’t need a top end pc to play high quality games..

    Plus: works fine on my galaxy s II :D

  98. sprint better catch up on wimax/LTE coverage so i can put this to good use :(

  99. Looks cool but im getting a crazy pink hew whenever I logon. Im using a droid x2 running liberty. Anyone else getting this?

  100. Coolest news Yet..guys.

  101. works nice on the evo view wish my home wifi didn’t suck so much

  102. I’m still unsure of how this will work with playing A+ games on mobile devices that are no where near designed to move 30-60fps games as PC or console games? Did I miss that somewhere in the videos?

  103. I am loving this (and fearing it, because it’s yet another distraction and way to spend money). Dirt3 is not my kind of game, but I enjoyed trying Lego Batman and really enjoyed Darksiders. I had trouble moving accurately in LB, but that may have been user error.

  104. Well, this will be huge!

  105. i want the 200th game!

  106. This is an amazing idea! I’m definitely going to try it

  107. so yea this does not work for my smartphone saddly :(. I will see if i win a tablet here :D and then i might try it IF it is supported. I wish all androids were supported for every update like IOS, ps: I don’t like IOS >.< no wait that is wrong i dont like apple but i like IOs.

  108. They should also add an option to run hosted apps that aren’t available on tablest/phones. They would grow their business as a cloud provider too.

  109. sweet arkham city on my new tablet I’ll hopefully get soon will be awesome! =)