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OnLive Wireless Controller To Come To Non-HTC Android Devices

Cloud gaming outfit OnLive has confirmed that it will be extending its wireless controller compatibility beyond the HTC Flyer, the only Android device that currently supports it.

The company told PCMagazine (opens in new tab) in an email: "The controller will communicate with tablets including a Samsung Galaxy Tab, via the tablet's Bluetooth," before adding, "the idea is that any Android tablet can be controlled using our universal wireless controller and we'll be showing several examples next week of this in action, in addition to the Flyer."

Should the device not have a wireless Bluetooth connector (like on a TV or Bluray device), a USB dongle will come into play and communicate with the controller.

The OnLive Universal Wireless Controller will be launched at a later stage and pricing as well as other details have yet to be announced.

Nearly 100 games are already available and OnLive has already announced that it will bring its Onlive Game Console to the UK fairly soon.

The company also released a playback bundle that costs only $9.99 per month and allows gamers to play more than 50 titles like Lego Batman at any time.

BT has the exclusive rights to bundle OnLive in the UK with some broadband packages. The telecommunication giant has also acquired a minority share in the company.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.