OnLive Universal Controller, Tablet Apps "Coming Soon"
OnLive is gearing up to launch its Player apps for iOS and Android, and a universal controller for playing games on a tablet, laptop, desktop, Mac or Internet-connected TV.
While talking about the launch of OnLive over in the UK, OnLive vice president of Games and Media John Spinale said that the upcoming Universal Wireless Controller and the Player app will be released soon.
As reported earlier, the new controller will extend beyond the current controller's capabilities by adding support for tablets, Windows-based laptops, desktops, the Mac platform and even Internet-connected TVs -- that's in addition to wireless connectivity to the Nintendo DS-sized "console" OnLive offers to subscribers.
"We're in the process of revving our controller, which will be coming out this Fall, to work with a low latency Bluetooth protocol so that it'll work on the tablets," he told Pocket-lint. "It's the one thing that we thought that was missing; a console gaming experience on a tablet. You can play games like Deus Ex: Human Revolution with touch, which is sort of mind bending. But you realize that some of those games are great with touch, and some of them don't do particular well."
Spinale boasts that using a dual analog stick to play high-end console games on a tablet will blow people's minds. "As a gamer, it makes me happy that I can take my tablet and my controller, stick them in my bag, and take all my games with me," he added. "We've done a lot of heavy lifting to get to this point right now. But the slogging part's done, and now this is the fun part."
Previously OnLive launched a Viewer app for tablets that allowed owners to watch other gamers in real-time. However the new OnLive Player app grants direct access to the service's more than 140 titles and growing. OnLive actually demonstrated the Player app back at E3 2011, which we experienced up close and personal here.