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Popular cloud gaming service OnLive today launched its Android offering for smartphones and tablets, bringing a free game along with it in the form of Lego Batman. For anyone not familiar, this is no mobile offering -- the cloud service offers up full console games to play in the cloud. Currently the Android app is available in the UK and US.

There are around 25 games at present that can be played using a touchscreen, with another 200 that can be played using the OnLive wireless controller, which goes on sale Dec. 9 for around £40/$50. With a tablet and a controller, you effectively get a mobile games console. The service offers cross platform compatability, meaning your progress will be available on all your devices, and it also gives you the chance to engage in multiplayer activity against your iOS and desktop playing friends. 

There is an official device compatibility list, but it's important to note that it'll most likely work without a hitch on other devices. For example, the Galaxy Nexus is absent, but it works just fine, as does the Nexus S. 

The OnLive app requires at least Android 2.3 Gingerbread and has been tested on the following devices:

Acer Iconia Tab A500, ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, HTC Evo View, HTC Flyer, HTC Jetstream, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Sony Ericsson Tablet S, Toshiba Thrive, HTC EVO, HTC Nexus One, HTC Rezound 4G, HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation XL, Motorola Droid 2, Motorola Droid X2, Motorola DROID BIONIC 4G, Motorola DROID RAZR 4G, Motorola Photon 4G, Samsung Galaxy S II 4G.

The Universal OnLive Wireless Controller has been tested with the Acer Iconia Tab A500, ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Toshiba Thrive.

We'll have a full review coming up soon, but in the meantime check out the video and a whole host of screenshots and download links after the break. 

Source: OnLive; via: Clove

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OnLive gaming launched for Android, free game included

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The article is hard to understand.

Only that Batman game is free for early adopters. Games are sold like normal for all other stuff.

There is a $9.99 a month subscription for unlimited access to 100+ games, but it is not required. Games are sold like normal download games, and can also be rented.

yes they make money.

According to the batman lego: 3days = $5.99
5days = $8.99
Full = $19.99
Monthly = $9.99

I installed it on my Fascinate. Can't run it on 3G though.. so I'll have to wait until I get home to test it out. All in prep for my eventual 4GLTE galaxy nexus... if it ever comes.

My Opinion:

Horrible service, I asked they close the account immediately. I have 3 bonded T-1's here at work and the service was having troubles. Not really suited for the mobile market. Must be on a serious WiFi connection. I'll stick to computers for gaming or games that I can install on my tablet directly.

Must not be. works fine even over sprints 4g wimax. Works on TP with cm7 not full screen though works on Acer a100 and HTC EVO 3D. I like it allot I even have the micro console 10 bucks a month 100s of games to play well worth it if you ask me

App not availible in Canada. I already have an account with them and everything too.

Just got to wait for someone to upload an APK then.

Been trying to and only finding the Viewer that people ripped from the Flyer. Probably will just try searching again later.

Installed it and made an account. One problem. After logging in, the colors are all pink and a little distorted. Any Ideas why? Im using a Droid X2 and it says in the article that its supported and capable.

Also, How do I get the free version of Lego Batman? Just download it?

DO NOT DOWNLOAD!!!

If you download (You actually just purchase and stream) you will have to pay. Wait at least 24 hours from the first time you signed in on the phone, it should appear in the "My Games" section.

I waited about 30 minutes and it was there, others I have talked to have waited 4 hours and then got it. The amount of time it takes to get to you varies.

Thanks. It sucks that the video is messed up though on my Droid X2. Hopefully an update will fix it. But this is my first time hearing about OnLive. Im going to definitely try it out on my PC.

I would say calling OnLive "Popular" is a little much. They have a very cool idea but the prices are pretty steep. The games are pretty expensive and your still subjected to lag depending on your specific internet connection even though all game processing is done on there servers, some people have still complained about slight controller lag although most say it is not bad unless your playing a fighting game like Teken or Street Fighter.

"They have a very cool idea but the prices are pretty steep. The games are pretty expensive..."

As a microconsole owner and daily OnLive user, I can say that you are dead wrong about pricing. First, like Steam, they constantly run sales where quality titles can be had for $5 or less. Second, launch titles are $34.99 for Playpack subscribers. Show me anywhere else that you could buy Arkham City for that price on launch day. Didn't think so.

Finally, you also have to consider that you're not just purchasing a game with OnLive. You are also purchasing a long-term hardware lease to run it. With my netbook, or a console I got for free, or my smartphone, I can play every game in my library, and the save data is instantly available on all. No hardware updates are necessary on my end because they take care of it on their end. I have even seen the appearance of the same game improve over time as they implemented hardware upgrades.

The lag is dependent on your connection, true. With my SureWest connection, I have a ping <10ms, and the lag is undiscernable. On my old "faster" Time Warner connection with a 60-100ms ping, there was more lag and occasional network errors from the service. So, the lesson is that your ping is much more important than your top connection speed for OnLive.

this should be added to the post so people aren't confused

"How do I get my free game?

When you download the OnLive App for Android, and make your first connection to the OnLive Game Service, we will entitle you to the game (if you don't have a Full PlayPass for LEGO Batman) and send an email confirmation within 24 hours. After you receive your confirmation email, go to the My Games section in the OnLive Game Service to find and play LEGO Batman."

I also tried it out and ran it on my TP having problems playing Defense Grid: The Awakening that I've been enjoying on Onlive for just over a year.

Good news relates to how the developer improved Onlive's version of Defense Grid: The Awakening and made it more accessible on tablet or smartphone. It gets kinda cramped on smartphone (Droid Bionic) even with a 4" screen, but it is amazing how well it plays even from this interface. TP screen size and scaling has issues, but hopefully they figure it out and make improvements so it works better. Sorli...

Downloaded to my HC powered HTC Flyer and it runs pretty smoothly. I've had a subscription to the OnLive playpack for a while now and really like them.

Did you get the official HC update for your Flyer? Are you in the US? Can I still get the free Lego Batman game for my Flyer? (just signed on now, haven't since June when it was only the viewer)