Okay, you can file this under, holy @!$^%@$^#! Looks like the boys over at OnLive have been busy trying to bring the console experience to just about every device under the sun but had me doubting how faithful that experience would be using a touchscreen only device like a tablet. Nothing can ever beat a good old fashioned gamepad and it looks like OnLive is fully aware of this, which is why they’re looking to release their new Universal Wireless Controller onto the market.
That’s right, you can now play games like Assasin’s Creed, Street Fighter, Sonic the Hedgehog and more using a full sized, dual-analog wireless controller that will work on your tablet, phone, micro console — Pretty much anything compatible with OnLive’s service. Engadget was lucky enough to catch the new controllers working flawlessly on the HTC Flyer and I can’t even pretend like my jaw didn’t hit the ground. After mopping up my drool from the floor, I found out that the controllers aren’t even using a bluetooth connection (which is how I was expecting them to work with all these devices) but exactly what is powering them, OnLive’s CEO, Steve Perlman, isn’t saying.
There’s just something strangely arousing about seeing a full console/game experience on something as multifunctional and portable as an Android tablet. I had been holding off on a tablet purchase for awhile now, but the prospect of using one as my portable gaming console definitely has me lusting. If you live in the UK, it looks like you can sign up here for Onlive in 3 more days and reserve your gamertag, which will give you early access to the service when it launches this autumn.