OnLive has announced a major extension of its console-quality cloud gaming service with a launch on tablets and smartphones.
OnLive, available on PCs and TVs thus far, is releasing a free app for mobile platforms that will allow instant play of touch-enabled high-definition console games over its streaming service.
The Silicon Valley company said a growing library of 25 console-class games had been adapted for touchscreen control, including Rockstar Games’ L.A. Noire.
Rockstar has added touch natively to the film-noir style game, with effects such as using a finger gesture to turn over a gun to examine its serial number.
With other games, a translucent overlay of standard game controls will appear onscreen, while complex first-person shooters and the rest of OnLive’s catalogue of nearly 200 games will require a $50 wireless controller accessory to be linked to the phone or tablet.
The app has been submitted to Apple and should appear in Google’s Android Market over the next few hours for US and UK users of OnLive’s service. The company already has an iPad app that allows users to watch games being played on its service.
“There’s currently no way to play these types of games on tablets or phones, so this is really a unique offering on these devices and I think there’s a hunger for something more than your typical Angry Birds,” said Steve Perlman, OnLive founder and chief executive, in an FT interview.
“This is exciting for video game publishers, because while a game like L.A. Noire is something film noir fans would find interesting, they may not want to buy a console or a monster PC to play it, but they would use a tablet to play the game.”
As well as playability over Wi-Fi, OnLive says its games will stream in full HD resolution with low lag times on 4G LTE networks. Any game bought will also be playable on a set-top box enabled TV and any other OnLive platform.