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OnLive Controller Support May Come to Nexus 7

There seems to be rumor that Google's new Android-powered Nexus 7 tablet will support OnLive's Universal Controller. While there's a definite possibility in the future, currently there's no confirmation of any kind on behalf of OnLive, and even the company itself is taking a no comment stance to our inquiries.

The rumor originates at GotteBaMobile. The site reportedly contacted customer support in regards to using the controller with Google's new tablet. Given there is no full-sized USB port on the device (although we're betting one will come with an upcoming dock), the OnLive Wireless Controller would have to take the Bluetooth route.

Here's what customer support had to say: "We don’t have support out for it yet, but we hope to shortly." There is absolutely no confirmation in that statement whatsoever. We hope to win $500 million in the lottery, but that doesn't mean we will. Adding to that, OnLive even states that the controller has only been tested with the Acer Iconia Tab A500, ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab, and Toshiba Thrive. That's it.

But, wanting to know nonetheless, we asked OnLive's Director of Corporate Communications directly and didn't get a response. That indicates there may be something to the rumor after all. Still, let's be practical here: the Nexus 7 is a 7-inch tablet. It needs to be propped up in order for the gamer to even think about using a controller. The tablets OnLive has listed as "tested" are typically 10.1-inch units.

That said, Wireless Controller support may be on the way, but there's no confirmation at this present time. Plus, the company may be waiting for a possible dock that may include HDMI out and a USB port. Google didn't place that 4-pin connector on the tablet for nothing.

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