Streaming game service, OnLive, has recently put out and update for its Android app that will let us play full PC-quality HD games on smartphones and tablets like Amazon's recent Kindle Fire. Support for iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad is coming soon, very soon we hope.
The OnLive app, which originally only allowed users to browse through the catalog of available games and use the social features the service provides, will now give gamers complete gameplay support for any of the titles the service currently offers, such as Batman: Arkham City and Rockstar's L.A. Noire.
To get things going on an Android device users will have to be connected to WiFi, 3G or 4G LTE, but the service only requires users to have a connection speed of 1Mbps, which really isn't asking much. However, if we want to game with full HD graphics (which we obviously do) OnLive recommends a connection speed of at least 3-5Mbps.
To control all these games on a touchscreen device OnLive has adapted about 25 different titles to use on-screen controls mimicking to the joysticks, buttons and triggers we would find on our typical console controller. A couple examples of the games equipped with this feature are Dirt 3 and Lara Croft and the Guardians of Light. L.A. Noire on the other hand has received a custom control scheme from Rockstar that will incorporate gesture controls and on-screen cues.
That's not all folks! OnLive has also developed a new Universal Controller that can be paired with Android and iOS devices to provide a more familiar (and practical) gameplay option. The controller connects using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and can even be used with gaming consoles like PS3 or Xbox 360, Mac, PC and OnLive's own MicroConsole via a USB dongle.
The Universal Controller will be available December 9th for about $50 and the app is available for free from the Android Market. For more information on the Universal Controller and the OnLive streaming game service head over to OnLive.com.