When it comes to wrangling the power of the cloud, few companies have done it as well as OnLive, the folks who have revolutionizing online gaming. Thankfully for us, they aren’t going to stop there. On Thursday, a new iPad app arrives called OnLive Desktop, which brings the full Windows 7 desktop experience to Cupertino’s beloved tablet -- and it’s free.
We're hotter than ever rolling into the holidays, but maybe the news has slipped past you in all the heat and hustle and bustle. That's just what we're here for! We catch the stories that you might otherwise miss, and we stick them right in your stocking where you couldn't miss them if you tried.
OnLive is a new way of playing video games. There’s nothing to download, and no discs to insert. Instead of running on your local machine, the gameplay takes place on a cloud server, converting the in-game graphics to video and streaming them to your Mac or other OnLive-compatible device over broadband internet.
OnLive's cloud-streaming gaming service allows folks to experience the latest AAA releases via a high-speed Internet connection, even if you don't have top-of-the-line hardware or a very recent Mac or PC. Following a long lead-up, OnLive is finally knocking on the door to the App Store with its submitted app, which lets iPad owners get in on the fun with either custom touch controls (for select games) or a Bluetooth wireless controller. As the app continues to await Apple's final approval, I've had a chance to try out several of the titles available on the service, and spend more time checking out the touch controls following an initial hands-on at the Penny Arcade Expo in August.
Seems like all the big news this week is app-related! Twitter has a new iOS app update, Batman flies in with a slick new Arkham City game, OnLive is coming to iOS and a whole lot more. Hey, maybe someday we’ll all be giving virtual gifts for the holidays -- no more wrapping paper and bows, no more piles of gifts under the tree. While you ponder that future, read on for all the news from Thursday, December 8, 2011.
If you’re like us, you’ve been too busy playing with iOS 5.0.1 today to get any work done or just keep up with the daily news. And who can blame you? We all want to push our iOS devices to the max and see if Apple has made good on their promise of extended battery life with the first over-the-air update. The good news is, now that you’ve done that and still have plenty of battery left to spare, you can still catch up on the day’s happenings. Here’s the latest for Thursday, November 10, 2011.
As of right now, the only way to experience the OnLive gaming service -- which streams full games to any compatible device through an internet connection -- on the iPad is via a free viewer app, which lets you watch any other user's public gameplay stream. It's a nice demonstration of the tech, but ultimately most folks would rather play a slick, thrilling game than watch someone else do it from afar. Luckily, OnLive has an all-new iPad app in the works that will finally deliver on its promise to bring rich, Mac/PC-quality gaming experiences to devices that lack the internal horsepower to run such titles outright.
First, the good news: Duke Nukem Forever is available via the OnLive streaming game service (plus, Aspyr just announced today they'd be porting a Mac version, due in August), and it runs well on the Mac.
Ok, this was a surprise, but a cool one. OnLive, the cloud-based, gaming-on-demand service for the Mac OS X and Windows platforms, showed off a demonstration of its iOS version of its game client at E3 in Los Angeles, California.
If you're looking to try out Red Faction: Armageddon on PC or Mac before you lay down the full cost of the game, you're going to need OnLive. The company that produces the cloud-based gaming console has secured an arrangement to bring the Red Faction demo exclusively to OnLive.