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OnLive gaming service hits iPhones and Android

Cloud-based games can be played on mobile devices using free app

Cloud-based gaming service OnLive is to be made available for Apple iPhones, iPads and devices running Google Android. See our OnLive review here.

The gaming service, which was first made available in the UK on September 22, allows users to play well-known titles such as Assassin's Creed and Lego Batman without the need for a console or to download the game first. Gamers can choose between 'renting' games for a specified period of time or purchasing unlimited access to the same titles. Prices start from £1.99 per game rental and £6.99 for monthly game pack-pack subscriptions.

The OnLive apps, which are free to download, currently offer 25 console games that have been adapted for touch-screen control, including L.A. Noire and Lego Batman, although OnLive said the catalogue of games will grow over time. Nearly all of OnLive's library of 200 games can be played on tablet PCs and smartphones through the optional Universal OnLive Wireless Controller, which is compatible with a number of devices and available now priced at £39.99.

Furthermore, the service will sync games ensuring that a title purchased on one OnLive device, whether a TV, PC, Mac or mobile device via the OnLive app, will be playable on all other OnLive devices and users can start and stop play and continue on another device where they left off. OnLive also said gamers that download the app will also be given one title, in this case the video game, for free.

"OnLive is now delivering the latest, console-class, top-tier games—literally to your fingertips—on tablets and phones for instant, on-demand play anywhere, anytime," said Steve Perlman, OnLive founder and CEO.

"Tablets and smartphones, the fastest-growing consumer product categories in history, are now capable of running the hottest, highest-end games. Gaming and mobile devices will never be the same."

The service also offers a number of social networking features that allow gamers to chat during play, post to Facebook and even spectate while others play.

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