OnLive Brings Streaming PC Games to Your Tablet PC This Year

Cloud gaming service OnLive is going portable later this year, when the OnLive Player App brings PC gameplay to your iPad and Android tablet PCs.

You can already download an iPad app that lets you watch other players enjoying the OnLive streaming service; now you'll be able to join in. The OnLive Player App will give iPad and Android tablet users with the appropriate amount of bandwidth the ability to stream the entire OnLive game library directly to their tablets, playing via either touchscreen controls or with the new Universal Wireless Controller.

On top of streaming games, the OnLive app will also allow your table PC to act as a touch or motion-based game controller for your HDTV. The app will support both synchronized and independent video between your tablet and your television, sort of like what Nintendo is doing with the Wii U. And if you prefer a smaller screen, the app also works on the iPhone and Android smart phones. It even supports full voice chat-enabled multiplayer.

Now how much would you pay? But wait, there's more!

OnLive also plans to roll out a 10 gigabit cloud-based full-featured browser for tablets and smart phones, allowing web surfers to access things many phones won't process alone, like Flash video. It is the dawning of a new age, or something!

"The power of the cloud is definitely the theme this week, displacing what had been assumed to be platforms that could never be displaced," said Steve Perlman, Founder and CEO of OnLive. "The OnLive Player App for iPad and Android shows how with the power of the cloud, the question is not whether cloud gaming will be able to catch up to consoles, it will be whether consoles will be able to catch up to cloud gaming"

If you've got the bandwidth, they've got some pretty unique gaming experiences coming later this year.