Stunning OnLive app streams PC games to your Android tablet or phone

Dec 8, 2011
Games

It’s taking me a while to get over just how cool the very concept of OnLive’s Controlling LEGO Batman was a little rougher, though. Even with the optimized touchscreen controls, this is definitely not the way the game was meant to be played, and it took some getting used to. Playing with touchscreen controls is good in a pinch, but OnLive is currently working on a wireless gamepad controller that will work with compatible tablets that should work much better than trying to control the game on the screen. It’ll also make OnLive’s full library available to tablet players – a little over 180 games.

Still, even with some visual issues and with the controls feeling weird, OnLive is pretty amazing. The app is free, as is your membership to the service – you only pay for what you play. And we’re talking about playing full video games on a tablet here; that’s just too cool to get over. Mind you, playing OnLive games on any mobile device is not the absolute ideal way to do it, but it opens up a lot more opportunities for gamers to take their titles on the go with them, or to play while someone else is watching TV, or to use in a host of other circumstances.

If you’re already an OnLive player, there’s no reason not to grab this app. If you’re not, you might want to consider it if you’re into PC games and like the idea of taking your gaming across multiple devices.

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Phil Hornshaw

Phil Hornshaw is a freelance writer, editor and author living in Los Angeles, dividing his time between playing video games, playing video games on his cell phone, and writing about playing video games. He’s also the co-author of So You Created a Wormhole: The Time Traveler’s Guide to Time Travel, which attempts to mix time travel pop culture with some semblance of science, as well as tips on the appropriate means of riding dinosaurs. Check out his profile.

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