OnLive Viewer iPad app is perfect for video game spectators

If you're interested in OnLive, the new cloud-based video game service that you'll never ever need discs or memory units for, then you might want to check out the just-launched OnLive Viewer app for iPad.

You can't actually play games with the app at this time, but you can "tune in" to other games being played by people on their computers or OnLive game consoles. Is it 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 extra 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 great. When I'm on the train, 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 totally isn't.

Dec 7, 2010


  • StrayGator - December 8, 2010 12:32 p.m.

    If OnLive and Sony could put down their egos, and make their games playable on the Playstation phone (yay buttons)... one can wish.
  • ventanger - December 8, 2010 6:09 a.m.

    They're almost getting the right idea. The kind of cloud processing onlive delivers could revolutionize mobile devices, making it so the processing isn't done on the ipad/iphone/whatever and it being simply a signal sender/receiver. Using it to WATCH games, however, not the right direction.
  • D0CCON - December 8, 2010 3:18 a.m.

    Is it on Ipod touch or just Ipad? If it's free I might get it for Itouch.
  • GoBlue811 - December 8, 2010 12:26 a.m.

    Oh man, my favorite: being able to watch the video games that I love to play.

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