OnLive for iPad has been a long time coming. Worse, news of it has slowed to a trickle since the release of the dodgy “viewer” app [Free]. Yet on the eve of the biggest game show around, things are changing. Earlier this afternoon, Engadget busted out a preview for a new universal micro controller for the service -- a controller that is said to work with all OnLive enabled devices, which of course, also means the iPad.

This is the coolest innovation we’ve seen on the OnLive front since getting our hands on an E3 2009 demo of the actual service on an iPad. That experience, however, was kind of a wash -- Eli was using a jacked version of touch software and noted that it didn't really jive with him, so a controller is definitely a welcome sight. Plus, OnLive's games weren’t designed with touch in mind, so a controller is a necessary... well, it’s not exactly evil, but a controller certainly go against the grain.

Engadget notes that it was using OnLive and the controller via an HTC Flyer, and for what it’s worth, the pairing worked well with little lag. That’s neat, right? At E3 we hope to get our hands on a build of the iPad iteration of the software with a controller and we’ll be sure to let you know how that goes.

[Via Engadget]

  • Anonymous

    "At E3 we hope to get our hands on a build of the iPad iteration of the
    software with a controller and we’ll be sure to let you know how that
    goes."

    So..confirmed for the iPad then?  I thought this was an HTC Flyer exclusive.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Not confirmed at all, but OnLive's entire business model revolves around platform ubiquity. It would basically be the worst business move in the history of modern man to lock their tablet client down to a single HTC device.

      And for what it's worth, I played the iPad OnLive client last year at E3.

      • Anonymous

        Awesome news!  Here's hoping they release it soon then.

  • http://jrichec74.myopenid.com/ John Richardson

    Aw heck.  I can already use a bluetooth controller with my jailbroken iPod Touch using the BTStack app.  Who cares about OnLive?

    • Mrsmartiepants

      People on iPad 2 that can't yet be jailbroken? Pull your head out of your own ass. 

      "This doesn't apply to my particular circumstance, so it's stupid" is a terrible way to interpret the world.

    • Anonymous

      If ignorance is bliss, you must be the most serene person in the world.

  • http://jrichec74.myopenid.com/ John Richardson

    Aw heck.  I can already use a bluetooth controller with my jailbroken iPod Touch using the BTStack app.  Who cares about OnLive?

  • http://www.facebook.com/akira.harkonnen Akira Hideo Harkonnen

    what about native ios support for gamepads ? i truly love great touch concepts ... but with the present gpu power at will ... some games cannot be played the touch way ... which is really a shame :(  ( tried Shadow Guardian ... or Prince of Persia ... Or Rayman with touch ? ? ? - 100% fail ! )

  • Mwhite67

    If Onlive with a controller comes to iPad I will buy it day one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrew-S-Giovannini/648280242 Andrew S Giovannini

    This is pretty much what I've been waiting for... I've tried on-live on my home PC and really impressed by how well it works... and how little input lag there is. 

    I've always thought that they would eventually release a controller to play on the iPad 2.... I will definitely buy right away! 

  • Genius

    I am a user of apple product and I am also a programmer. I have always hated the flash restriction on the iFamily. One thing apple did give is JavaScript. There are many online games( accessible through safari) that one can play on these flash-restricted devices. But all off them lack one thing- Intense Gameplay. These are only "click" games. One of the key components of "fun" games, is the ability to accept key-commands for actions. Ex. Up button to accelerate a car. Why not use a text box and the provided keyboard? A timer could be used to receive input from the user. Like many other games, the keys WASD could be used in place of the arrow keys, etc. It is possible to have the same fun on the iFamily just as on the computer.