Earlier this month, the good folks at OnLive released apps for both iOS and Android, granting mobile access to its cloud gaming service. However, its implementation was incomplete -- there was no support for the Xperia Play's slide-out controls. The company didn't leave owners out in the cold for long, however, as it has updated the Android app to fully support all of the handset's hardware just in time for the holidays. So, you're no longer constrained by the vagaries of touchscreen controls or forced to fork over your recently received Christmas dough for OnLive's wireless controller to get your tactile gaming on. Get all the good news in the PR below.
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OnLive Brings Console-Class Gaming to Sony Ericsson Xperia™ PLAY Smartphone

Free OnLive App Update Enables Xperia PLAY Slide-out Game Controls, Enabling Top-Tier Titles
First Mobile Device to Play Console-performance Games using Built-in Controls

Palo Alto, CA – December 22, 2011 – OnLive, Inc., the pioneer of cloud gaming, today announced that its free OnLive app for Android has been updated to support the slide-out game controls on the Sony Ericsson Xperia™ PLAY smartphone*, enabling gameplay of almost all OnLive games, including the latest AAA console-class titles. The Xperia PLAY combines Android smartphone touchscreen control with what every console gamers dreams of: slide-out dedicated gaming keys, analog touch joysticks and shoulder buttons. The just-updated free OnLive Android App delivers the missing piece: AAA high-performance console-class games playable directly with the slide-out controls, streamed over the Internet for instant on-demand play.

"From the moment we launched our OnLive Android app, gamers began asking about Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY game control support," said Steve Perlman, OnLive Founder and CEO. "We listened and delivered. Now Xperia PLAY gamers in the US and UK can play almost all of OnLive's 200 premium titles-including hit AAA games like Saints Row: The Third and Assassin's Creed: Revelations-on their Xperia PLAY smartphone with a full console-class experience, including multiplayer and social features."

Released to the Android Market on December 8, the free OnLive app is the first cloud gaming app to enable users to play high-performance, console-quality games-previously playable only on the highest-end computers and gaming systems-on devices as simple as smartphones and tablets. Unlike downloaded games, OnLive games are streamed over the internet just like streaming music and video, never taking up storage. And OnLive games are cross-platform-meaning you can start play on your PC or Mac®, then pick up your game on your smartphone and finish on a friend's TV via the OnLive Game System with all your save game data intact. Or, play multiplayer with friends on entirely different devices. Now, with Xperia PLAY, gamers will be able to extend OnLive's high-performance game touch experience with the greater control, better accuracy and the physical feeling of a game console controller, all in a single compact smartphone. Customers can find the OnLive app in the Android Market by following this link: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.onlive.client.

Tablet and smartphone owners who don't own an Xperia PLAY can choose two other ways to play on an Android tablet or smartphone. They can jump instantly into free demos of 24 touch-playable games, such as Dirt 3 and Defense Grid Gold, which have been either redesigned with native touch controls or include various virtual gamepads on-screen. Or, they can play nearly every game in OnLive's growing library using the recently released and highly-acclaimed Universal OnLive Wireless Controller, designed to optimize wireless play across tablets, smartphones, PCs, Macs, TVs and Blu-ray players.

For more information on the OnLive app and the Universal OnLive Wireless Controller, visit www.onlive.com or www.onlive.co.uk.

*OnLive has no affiliation with Sony- Ericsson, and the OnLive Android App is compatible with a wide range of Android smartphone and tablets, including the Xperia PLAY.

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OnLive now fully supports the Xperia Play, virtual thumbsticks and external controllers need not apply