Android devices, including smartphones and tablets, are now able to play streaming PC games through a cloud service called OnLive. This service has been available for a while through the PC or the company’s set-top box designed to hook up to TV sets. However, it wasn’t available on smaller devices until recently.
PC World, announced the availability of the service a few weeks ago for Android and in due-time iOS, however the iOS app is nowhere to be found.
RazorianFly, mentioned some reasoning as to why it probably failed to make an appearance.
The reasons could have to do with either the app allowing users to purchase content from within its own ecosystem and thus circumventing the App Store. Another possibility is that it redirects users to a separate OnLive website where they can purchase games and this circumvents Apple’s 30% software revenue cut.
What makes the service so awesome for gamers is that it brings full PC and console games to portable devices without the need to carry around a huge system or purchase a Playstation Vita. There is even a physical controller available for those of you who do not appreciate touchscreen gaming that is compatible with Android tablets. Some games, like L.A. Noir, have been redesigned by developers for tablet touchscreens as well.
The only real downside to the service right now is that it requires a speedy online connection at all times. This in turn makes it not so portable of a gaming service as some mobile gamers may have liked. As infrastructure improves around the world, it could become something special for tablet users.