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How crazy is the idea of playing LA Noire or Batman: Arkham City on a smartphone or a tablet computer ? Some of you may have heard of OnLive, a service that streams games right to your screen with the actual processing taking place on a remote server. OnLive apps are now available on iOS and Android platforms.


There are obvious advantages to this, including the ability to pick up where you left off on another device. Some of the games are even optimized to take advantage of the touchsreen. There is a controller peripheral available as well, which connects to your device via Bluetooth and makes controlling the action a lot easier. 

Unfortunately, the big problem with OnLive is connection speed. The three current server centers are in Washington D.C, Bay Area and Dallas, so those living further away from those places are very likely to experience lag. There is a system that changes the game's resolution to make up for the drop in connection speed. 

Even though OnLive is still in its infancy, but despite all the bugs and performance issues this medium no doubt has a bright future ahead of it. Even now, the games are more than playable if your connection is up to snuff.

Written by: Denis Ivanov

Source: popsci.com
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