Those of you with long memories might remember the folks behind OnLive, the “cloud gaming” service designed to allow users to play big, bulky games streamed over the internet, making a big fuss about a possible iPhone version back in November. Now, with the iPad nearly upon us, it would appear that they’re even more confident that their yet-to-launch but much-hyped service can make the transition.
According to PocketGamer, OnLive demonstrated popular FPS Crysis running on an iPhone using the company’s streaming setup during the DICE summit in Las Vegas last week. Reports suggest the demo was “fast and smooth”, OnLive CEO and founder Steve Perlman going on to suggest that ‘tablets’ will also be supported.
Clearly, Apple’s iPad is very much on OnLive’s radar, though the very fact the company demonstrated gameplay at all does contradict previous statements put out by the company.
At the end of last year, Perlman himself suggested that any mobile versions would merely offer ‘the community and social elements of OnLive’ rather than the gaming action itself. However, commentators now believe OnLive may be widening its ambition for Apple’s iDevices, the larger screen offered by iPad tempting the company into offering full gameplay on-the-go.
Nonetheless, with any kind of OnLive (or OTOY, for that matter) release still up in the air, just whether such aspirations will ever see the light of day remains to be seen. As ever, we’ll be keeping an eye on this one.
[Via Pocket Gamer]