OnLive is a simple idea, powered by some complicated tech -- it houses farms of powerful gaming machines that stream the latest games to users, who only need an Internet connection, a little box, a controller and a computer or TV screen. With HTC on board, its service could well expand to mobile phones.
When OnLive first announced its plans for gaming world domination back in 2009 it caused quite a stir from the public, who dreamed of playing high-end games with the best graphics, but without the expense of building and upgrading powerful gaming machines. The press was a little more sceptical, wondering how fast a connection you would need to not notice the lag between pressing a button and seeing that action on screen. That seems to have been borne out in hands-on tests since.
We can only speculate as to HTC's plans with OnLive, but it seems a good bet that it wants to add a string to its gaming bow. The constraints of mobile data and touchscreen controls would likely mean a severely cut-down version of the OnLive service, but top-notch graphics on relatively low-powered handsets is still a mouth-watering prospect.
The handheld gaming market is already quite the war zone with Apple's iPhone 4 doing battle with Android devices over who can get the most London commuters playing Angry Birds, while the imminent Sony Ericsson Xperia Play will certainly increase the bloodshed on all sides. Let's not forget, too, that the Sony NGP and Nintendo 3DS will be wading into the stramash later this year.
If HTC steps up wielding a mighty sword of streaming games, it might just be able to dole out some hit points. OnLive, meanwhile, is set to launch in the UK by the end of this year. What do you think? Is this an exciting prospect? Or totally baffling?