The early promises from the HTC Flyer launch have finally been coming true with Honeycomb rolling out for 3G models and now the OnLive gaming service arriving for select Android and iOS models. There are currently over 25 games optimized for the touchscreen environment.
The Android version is available now in the Android Market and as you can see in my video below (still processing on YouTube) I have it working on my HTC Flyer 3G and Samsung Galaxy Nexus. According to OnLive, the following Android devices have been tested:
Acer Iconia Tab A500, ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, HTC Evo View, HTC Flyer, HTC Jetstream, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Sony Ericsson Tablet S, Toshiba Thrive, 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
The iOS version is not yet in the App Store and is likely moving through the Apple approval process.
According to Steve Perlman, OnLive Founder and CEO:
Today marks a major milestone: OnLive is now delivering the latest, console-class, top-tier games—literally to your fingertips—on tablets and phones for instant, on-demand play anywhere, anytime. Through the free OnLive app, tablet and smartphone gamers can play top console and PC titles like Assassins Creed®: Revelations and L.A. Noire—one of the most highly acclaimed, graphically sophisticated games to date—with exclusive OnLive Cloud Touch controls or with the new mobile-compatible Universal OnLive Wireless Controller. Tablets and smartphones, the fastest-growing consumer product categories in history, are now capable of running the hottest, highest-end games. Gaming and mobile devices will never be the same.
OnLive is high end video game service that lets you play play online from various devices, such as a Mac or PC. This latest release brings it to phones and tablets so you can take the experience on the go and all of your game progress can be synced between different devices. You can sign up for a free account and play demos of various games. You can also purchase individual games or subscribe to a gaming plan. There are accessories available too so you can play games from a TV or laptop with gaming controllers.
While most devices allow you to play via a WiFi connection, OnLive also announced compatibility with LTE service, currently with Verizon and some AT&T areas.
If you sign up for OnLive and then install the new mobile app on your supported device you will get the Lego Batman game added to your account for free.