OnLive To Stream Full PC Capability To Your IPad

OnLive To Stream Full PC Capability To Your IPad

The company OnLive has revealed a new iPad app that allows iPad owners to stream a full Windows 7 PC straight onto their tablet. Using similar technology that allowed them to make the iPad gaming app that allowed gamers to play full AAA console games on their iPads, Onlive has now given tablet owners access to a full PC.

From OnLive’s press release:

Based upon OnLive’s instant-action cloud gaming technology, OnLive Desktop delivers a seamless Windows desktop experience, with instant-response multi-touch gestures, together with a full on-screen Windows keyboard and handwriting recognition, enabling complete and convenient viewing and editing of even the most complex documents. Rich media, such as video, animation, slide transitions and even PC games, never before practical via remote desktop delivery, run fluidly and dynamically with instant-action interactivity. OnLive Desktop makes remote feel local.

We don’t know yet whether or not full PC games will actually be playable via this app, but given how impressed our own Evan Narcisse was with the functionality and potential for the iPad console app, we’ve learned not to jump to conclusions about the functionality and usefulness of OnLive’s products.

The free app will offer 2GB of cloud storage and “as-available access” to a cloud-based Windows 7 desktop. The desktop comes pre-loaded with Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint, and “several utilities and touch games.” An “OnLive Desktop Pro” is coming soon, with 50 GB of cloud storage, full-featured browsing, additional apps, and “priority access and other OnLive-unique features.” The Pro package will cost $US9.99 a month.

It’s unclear how this will be markedly different from simply using Google Docs on your iPad for free, but as I said, I’ve learned not to jump to conclusions about OnLive’s products. It will at least be cool to give the free version a try, though this business about “as-available access” and “priority-access” makes me a little hesitant about the usefulness of the free version.


  • They’re not exactly on the cutting edge here, this tech has been around for a while. Though I’m not sure I’ve heard of a commercially available consumer solution before.

  • I love knowing about Technology we dont have Kotaku US.

    Also for those wanting this tech, windows 8 tablet is coming out this year and will have actual windows (not full win 7 but a tablet friendly version).

  • Regardless of how responsive it is, you’re still using a touch screen with your fingers to interact with an OS that is fundamentally not designed around that input method

  • I’ve been using SplashTop and an ASUS Transformer already to stream my own Win 7 PC. Guys I work with stream their PCs to the iPad as well. I’m not really sure what OnLive is trying to achieve since it’s a desktop that’s not yours and only “Maybe” available, and Microsoft’s already doing Office 365 to bring Word and Excel online.

  • I have been using SplashTop HD on my Ipad to play Diablo 3 Beta and it works great! Recommend^^!

    SplashTop doesnt really support FPS games get as the controls are a bit different and hard to use with a touch device, but I saw on the splashtop forums they are planning to create a touch interface for the purpose of fps games, which would make splashtop perfect!

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