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OnLive Coming to (Vizio) Android Devices

Game streaming service OnLive has announced its availability on a bunch of new Vizio-built devices today. In addition to being able to play through Vizio's range of 3DTV's, gamers will also be able stream games to the manufacturer's upcoming Android tablets and phones.

OnLive's press release boasts:

With the click of a remote control, or a tap on a tablet or phone touchscreen, VIZIO owners will be immediately transported into the OnLive Game Service, with the same state-of-the-art, instant game experience you get with the OnLive MicroConsole TV adapter, PCs, Macs®, and the iPad®. In fact, you’ll be able to save your OnLive game on one device, and instantly resume it on another device. Seamlessly.

OnLive has been available on iOS for some time, so its arrival on Android shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. So far, though, it's not clear whether OnLive on Android will be exclusive to Vizio's devices, or whether we'll see a more general release through the Android Market in the future.

Of course, this isn't the first time we've seen streaming games on Android phones. Last month some enterprising hackers got World of Warcraft streaming to the HTC Desire.

Alex Dobie
Alex Dobie

Alex was with Android Central for over a decade, producing written and video content for the site, and served as global Executive Editor from 2016 to 2022.

  • How can a company like Vizio come out with an Android phone without any mention of a carrier? Sure it would be nice to take any phone to any carrier, but we all know that is a pipe dream for a while yet...
  • the VIEWER is only available for iOS devices - it does not allow you to play games. If I am reading that press statement correctly, this will allow full streaming and playing of games.
  • Hmm, I wonder how this will control. Will you be forced to connect a controller or keyboard and mouse somehow, or will they implement some clunky touchscreen controls for games not at all made for those type of controls?
  • this could be the new mobile gaming! SWEET!
  • Ok, I reaaaaaaaaaally want the VIA Phone now. Two things though.
    1. How will we control this? If OnLive were smart (and they are, mostly) they would allow us to connect bluetooth keyboards and controllers. Even if they limited it to just their dedicated game controller, it would still be nice.
    2. Are the phone and tablet going to be powerful enough to run OnLive?
  • Off topic but why is the reflection under the device different than what is shown on the device itself? Damn you Photoshop! ;)
  • Considering ALL of the US carriers are placing data caps on tablet use... this software will only be for wifi use unless you want to go broke... or tether via 4g which really doesn't have the ping rate to keep up does it?
  • playing free 30 minutes of games...OH HELL YEAH.