By Jared Newman | Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 6:15 pm
If HTC’s Evo View 4G tablet can play modern PC games from OnLive, Sprint isn’t saying so.
OnLive was supposed to be a big feature in the HTC Flyer, the 7-inch Android tablet that Sprint is calling the Evo View 4G. The cloud gaming service gets top billing on HTC’s Flyer website, and promises to let users play PC games like Homefront and Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood on their tablets.
But Sprint’s announcement of the Evo View 4G doesn’t mention OnLive, even as it promises other built-in entertainment apps such as Blockbuster On Demand and NASCAR Sprint Cup.
OnLive won’t tell me exactly what’s going on, but says it has a good-sized mobile team that’s still working on features with HTC, which earlier this year invested $40 million in the company.
It’s possible that OnLive will make a separate announcement, but I’m guessing that when the Evo View arrives this summer, OnLive won’t be pre-loaded. Maybe Sprint doesn’t want the service chewing up its bandwidth. Or perhaps AT&T, another OnLive investor, has first dibs on the tablet front. Your guess is as good as mine.
Whatever happens with Sprint, I hope to see OnLive on tablets this year. I was hard on the service in my review of its MicroConsole set-top box, mainly because of occasional service interruptions and a limited game library, but I’m still fascinated by the concept. Tablets, which for the foreseeable future won’t be powerful enough to run the latest big-budget video games, seem like a good place for OnLive to grow.