OnLive Heading to Cell Phones
Reuters reported today that badass cell phone manufacturer HTC is going to buy $39 million in shares in OnLive. OnLive Founder Steve Perlman had previously said he wants to make OnLive work on tablets and phones, and it would appear he’ll get his wish.
OnLive is a private company, so nobody is saying what kind of stake that 5.33 million shares represents, but it’d have to be hefty, since OnLive hasn’t yet “broken out,” so to speak. The company is expanding massively, introducing a home console last year and announcing plans to integrate the service into internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players last month. OnLive still doesn’t have deals in place with most major publishers (they only have Ubisoft and 2K so far), but they’re certainly building some clout with these ridiculously ambitious infrastructure plans.
The cell phone thing is kinda mindblowing, though, because many of OnLive’s games are home console/PC titles that are in no way built to be played on a cell phone. On top of that, VentureBeat says they’ve heard that HTC is going to try to get OnLive first working on the Evo, a 4G phone, and that may be a goal because the cloud-based nature of OnLive might require a 4G connection to work, but that’s just speculation on my part; it could be that the graphics will be crushed down so much to fit on the phone screens that 3G will be sufficient.
Either way, OnLive on a normal smartphone sounds like a logistical nightmare, but hopefully HTC and OnLive will have folks much smarter than me working on it.