Sunday, 31 July 2011

The Future of Gaming: Android Tablets with OnLive

The tablet computer invasion has started and will soon take over from the PC and laptop. The power inside the new tablet computers is comparable to high end laptops from just a couple of years ago. But is a tablet really ready to take over your smartphone, laptop and your games console? The tablet is seen as a great way to surf the net, chat with friends and do some light email but is it seen as a high gaming console and could it take over from such mobile gaming platforms such as Nintendo DS and Playstation Portable?

The future of console gaming will be in your hands. And probably on an Android powered tablet. With Nvidia and OnLive both being supported on the latest Android tablets we can expect Xbox360/PS3 levels of graphics on a tablet computer. But that is not all. With HDMI out on some of these tablets the user is able to plug the tablet into a HD TV and play their games directly on their big screen TV at home. With bluetooth on board as well you can easily add a wireless controller to the mix as well!

Nvidia Tegra 2 Chip

The world’s first mobile super chip, NVIDIA Tegra brings extreme multitasking with the first mobile dual-core CPU, the best mobile Web experience with up to two times faster browsing, hardware-accelerated Flash, and console-quality gaming with an NVIDIA GeForce GPU.

Nvidia has recently launched their free Tegra zone application for Tegra 2 equipped smart phones and tablets. The app is a showcase of all the upcoming games that are based around the Tegra 2 chipset. Basically all tablets and phones that have the Tegra 2 chipset such as the Motorola Xoom will be able to run these games.

The line up of current games is pretty light but there is potential for some great games here.

OnLive gaming

The OnLive gaming system is a new way to play your favorite games from your favorite producers. OnLive doesn’t require you to have a games console parked under your TV. It also doesn’t require you to buy any game disks or cartridges. OnLive works directly over the internet so all that is required is a broadband connection and a HD TV and a small micro console.

OnLive provides a wireless controller and allows instant access to games over the internet. The graphics and sound are equivalent to XBOX360 and PS3. It works via cloud computing, meaning all the processing work is done on servers and only the images are broadcast back to the gamer. But what is more important is that OnLive gaming will be supported by some Android tablet computers. Currently the only tablets that officially have OnLive are the HTC Flyer, the iPad and the iPad2, but expect it to be available on future platforms too. You can get the riped OnLive Viewer APK for other Android devices. OnLive on tablets is currently available only in Viewer form which lets you use all features of OnLive except playing games, but that is about to change this fall when the OnLive Player launches.

SOURCE: Android Applications Expert Blog.

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