OnLive’s star continues to rise, and the traditional console and gaming companies are going to want to watch out. A new partnership with Google will see OnLive come as a standard feature on the Google TV platform.
OnLive brings to Google TV users instant on-demand gameplay from a rapidly growing library of the latest high-performance console-class titles, as well exclusive social features such as worldwide massive spectating and Brag Clip® videos with full group voice and text chat. The OnLive Viewer, enabling OnLive social features, is available immediately on all Google TV devices currently in the market and is compatible with standard Google TV remote controls as well as the OnLive Wireless Controller and standard USB game controllers. Full OnLive gameplay is coming soon to all current and future Google TV devices, including TVs, Blu-ray players and Media Streamers, making Google TV the first integrated TV platform with console-class gameplay capability, and bringing OnLive capability to most major TV manufacturers.
This is a big deal for the startup, since by attaching itself to a brand as strong as Google gives it a real legitimacy in the market, and should rest many fears about whether the company is in the market for the long haul.
But that’s not all for OnLive news. That iPad app? Yep, using it means you’ll be able to run Microsoft applications on your Apple tablets now.
According to that press release:
OnLive Desktop provides instant access to full-featured, media-rich Windows 7 applications, including Microsoft® Word, Excel® and PowerPoint® software, remotely hosted on powerful PC servers in the cloud. Based upon OnLive’s instant-action cloud gaming technology, OnLive Desktop delivers a seamless Windows desktop experience, with instant-response multi-touch gestures, together with a full on-screen Windows keyboard and handwriting recognition, enabling complete and convenient viewing and editing of even the most complex documents.