On Test: OnLive Wireless Controller with Tablet and Desktop Gaming

Its fair to say that gaming is as popular as its ever been and with games like Batman: Arkham City, Uncharted 3 and Call Of Duty continually setting new standards 2012 is looking like another vintage year.

But it’s not just like of Sony and Microsoft enjoying this renascence period oh no there’s a new kid in town and you should be paying attention to… Leading the charge and challenging the big boys is OnLive – the first company to offer a true cloud gaming service. (If this is all new to you then click here to get our lowdown on OnLive).

So what’s new in the world of OnLive? Wireless Gamepads and bluetooth adapters that’s what! Now it means you really can play your game anywhere you want, front room, bedroom, office (and you don’t have to be tapping the screen of your tablet all day long if you have the new Wireless Controller). Simply download the app onto your tablet, laptop or desktop, log in and away you go!

OnLive gaming on your Tablet with wireless controllers

Using the Wireless Controller with my Macbook has breathed new life into gaming

OnLive’s tablet app launched with 25 games, each adapted for use with a touchscreen. The list includes stuff you wouldn’t expect, like LEGO Batman, Assassin’s Creed Revelations, L.A. Noire, and of course, Batman: Arkham City (3 mention already, can you tell this is my favourite game at the moment?!)

I’m not going to lie though thumbs on glass or keyboard and mouse don’t do it for me so thankfully there’s the OnLive Wireless Controller, which looks like a hybrid Xbox 360-PlayStation 3 controller and syncs with the tablet’s OnLive app wirelessly or with the supplied bluetooth adapter and is awesome!

If you want to give it a try, all you need is [the controller], the free OnLive app and an OnLive account… And what do we think? Well if it means we can carry on playing Batman: Arkham City at lunchtime (which it does) then its a double thumbs up!

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