OnLive App For IPad Tries To Show Gaming Is Spectator Sport

Posted: Dec 7 2010, 5:43pm CST | by , in News | Gaming


OnLive App For iPad Tries To Show Gaming Is Spectator Sport
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You can't play games, you can only watch other people play them. Groundbreaking or pointless?

OnLive has gained accolation for its first-of-its-kind cloud-based gaming service, but now it's trying to be noted for something else - proving that people like watching games as much as playing them.

You can't quite actually play games with the new iPad app that just launched today, but you can "tune in" to other games being played by people on their computer or OnLive game console. It's basically the first dedicated spectator app for gaming.

If just watching random people play games doesn't sound like your cup of tea, there are a few features thrown in to make it a bit more interesting. Like...

- See the latest "Brag Clip" videos of the most amazing moments among OnLive players
- Get unfettered access to watch the newest console games
- Chat with other spectators
- Become friends with fellow players

"Spectating of other players is by far the most popular OnLive activity after gameplay itself, and the convenience and mobility of iPad and Android tablets adds an incredible dimension to it," said OnLive VP John Spinale in a statement.

In addition to being on the iPad App Store now, OnLive Viewer is also currently in beta form for Android, designed specifically for the full-sized Galaxy Tab tablet.

I think it's awesome. When I'm on the train heading into or out of the city, I want something to keep me occupied but it's usually too crowded to play anything, so now I can just watch other people having a good time. That sounds pathetic, but really, the OnLive Viewer app isn't.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/6" rel="author">Mark Raby</a>
Based in New York City, Mark follows the consumer electronics industry like a hawk. A published book author, he has a particular affinity for 3D technology and video games, and as such will surely be in the market for a new pair of glasses soon. Mark can be contacted directly at




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