When OnLive released the OnLive App for Android many OnLive fans thought that the OnLive App and the Sony Xperia PLAY are a match made in heaven, except for the little fact that OnLive didn't support all controls on the Xperia PLAY slide out gamepad. After OnLive fixed the pink hue screen experienced by users of some Motorola tablets and smartphones like the Atrix 4G ASAP, Xperia PLAY support was the next big thing mobile gamers wished for.
Well, OnLive has listened to these gamers and as a christmas gift has updated the OnLive App for Android to fully support the Xperia PLAY slide out gamepad controls, negating the need for touch controls and separate game controllers like the Universal OnLive Wireless
Controller. This wish granted, the OnLive App for Android average user rating is climbing and is currently at 4.3/5.0. The number of installs curve of the App is also again climbing pretty steeply and will soon surpass the 100,000 installs mark.
“From the moment we launched our OnLive Android app, gamers began asking about Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY game control support,” said Steve Perlman, OnLive Founder and CEO. “We listened and delivered. Now Xperia PLAY gamers in the US and UK can play almost all of OnLive’s 200 premium titles—including hit AAA games like Saints Row: The Third and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations—on their Xperia PLAY smartphone with a full console-class experience, including multiplayer and social features.”
Released to the Android Market on December 8, the free OnLive App is the first cloud gaming App to enable users to play high-performance, console-quality games—previously playable only on the highest-end computers and gaming systems—on devices as simple as smartphones and tablets. Unlike downloaded games, OnLive games are streamed over the internet just like streaming music and video, never taking up storage. And OnLive games are cross-platform—meaning you can start play on your PC or Mac, then pick up your game on your smartphone and finish on a friend’s TV via the OnLive Game System with all your save game data intact. Or, play multiplayer with friends on entirely different devices. Now, with Xperia PLAY, gamers will be able to extend OnLive’s high-performance game touch experience with the greater control, better accuracy and the physical feeling of a game console controller, all in a single compact smartphone.
One game with that OnLive gamers on the Xperia PLAY will surely have a great time with is the recently released Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition.
If you don't own an Xperia PLAY yet, but want to buy one, it might well be a good idea to wait a little as there are rumors swirling around that Verizon will release an updated Xperia PLAY 4G LTE.
Tablet and smartphone owners who don’t own an Xperia PLAY can choose two other ways to play on an Android tablet or smartphone. They can jump instantly into free demos of 24 touch-playable games, such as DiRT 3 and Defense Grid Gold, which have been either redesigned with native touch controls or include various virtual gamepads on-screen. Or, they can play nearly every game in OnLive’s growing library using the recently released and highly-acclaimed Universal OnLive Wireless Controller, designed to optimize wireless play across tablets, smartphones, PCs, Macs, TVs and Blu-ray players.