Unlike traditional games consoles, OnLive content is streamed to an Android tablet, TV or computer in the same way a YouTube video or Spotify track operates. OnLive has promisedThe Guardian
that over 100 “top tier” titles will be available from its launch date, although it’s currently unable to announce specific offerings.
Ubisoft, THQ and Square Enix have already joined forces with OnLive in America and the likes of Assassin’s Creed, Homefront and Batman: Arkham Asylum are in the process of being licensed for the UK. Two huge publishers who are conspicuous by their absence from On Live however, are Electronic Arts and Activision.
“OnLive will utterly transform gaming in the UK,” said OnLive founder and CEO Steve Perlman. “No discs, big downloads or specialised hardware needed. OnLive gives you the latest games instantly, anytime, anywhere on HDTV, PC, Mac, as well as iPad, Android tablets. High-performance gaming will be as accessible as streaming video, with unique social features such as massive spectating with voice chat and Facebook integration.”
Android owners with a gaming itch to scratch can subscribe to OnLive for free through theirofficial UK website
. They then have the choice of renting games for a limited period, buying unlimited access to their favourite titles or paying a monthly fee to access the OnLive PlayPack Bundle, which allows unlimited access to a large chunk of the OnLive line-up.
No price plans have been announced for the UK, although in the US the company offers a three-day pass for $5.99, a five-day pass for $8.99 or a PlayPack bundle for $9.99 a month. Full price titles require a one-off payment ranging from $20-$60.
Android users who’ve begun to notice an increasingly pricey theme emerging will be further pleased to know a separate wireless controller costing $50 can be bought for use with tablets, PCs and Macs.