While some users are content with simple touch-based games on their mobile devices, for quite a while we have been trying different methods to improve our mobile gaming experience with more full-featured games and better controllers. Google realized this, and built support for game controllers into the Android Ice Cream Sandwich update. Now, OnLive has released a service that makes mobile gaming much more appealing by allowing you to play current console games on your smartphone.
Just to be clear, the console games do not actually run on your smartphone or tablet. OnLive actually runs them on their servers, and delivers the game to you via the cloud. This allows relatively high-power games to be played on low-powered devices without performance problems or even much battery drain, provided you have a good network connection.
The service has actually existed a while allowing users to play games over the cloud on their PCs and TVs, but today marks the company's first venture into mobile. For $10 a month, you get access to 100 free gaming titles, and you can also pay extra to purchase such popular games as Assasin's Creed Revelation, L.A. Noire, and Batman: Arkham City.
Currently, OnLive supports both the iPhone and most popular Android devices, including the Sensation, Evo View, Galaxy Tab, and Nexus One. Most other high-end Android devices should work, but some may have problems with the Bluetooth controller.
However, only 25 select games run on mobile devices with only touchscreen controls. To get access to the rest of the library, you will have to purchase OnLive's universal gamepad for $50. Still, if you are an avid gamer then $50 up front and $10 a month is a pretty small price to pay for the latest and greatest games on your tablet or smartphone.[OnLive via AndroidCentral]