OnLive is quickly turning into a major force in the gaming and mobile fields. The on-demand gaming service launched last summer but that was just the beginning it seems. A movie streaming service is apparently on tap and the just-announced mobile viewer apps clearly shows that the crazy compression scheme can be used for other applications as well. Ever wanted to run Autodesk’s Maya on your iPad? Yeah, this app can make it happen.
OnLive’s CEO just showed off the app on stage at the D: Dive into Mobile conference. It’s specifically tooled to view both live and pre-recorded game clips from the company’s gaming service. That’s fine and almost predictable, but Steve Perlman then showed Maya and Flash running on his iPad through this app. Think VNC but with a much better frame rate. The company says even Windows 7 is possible.
You can get the app right now, or watch the video above.
Update (Greg Kumparak): We’re not supposed to shoot video of the conference panels, and the app that’s currently in the store doesn’t seem to offer up the Maya/Flash goodness we mentioned. We’ll get the conference’s official footage up as soon as we can, but in the mean time, a quick run down of what they showed:
- They started by launching the OnLive app on an iPad, and using Internet Explore (running on a remote computer) to load up a Flash-heavy website. All of the Flash, rendered remotely and streamed over the same protocol OnLive built for their game streaming service, ran pretty dang quick; it wasn’t perfectly seamless, but it was impressive. If I had to guess, maybe 20-25 frames per second? The sound came through with good fidelity, and seemed to be synced well with the video.
- He then showed the app running in a spectator mode on a Samsung Galaxy Tab. Everything the iPad was doing and seeing, the Galaxy Tab could see (though, as it’s in spectator mode, it couldn’t interact with things.)
- Steve Perlman then used the Galaxy Tab to view a Quicktime move — again, it was pretty smooth, and the audio was clear. The scrubbing bar at the bottom of the video was incredibly responsive; Perlman contrasted this to the somewhat limited frame-by-frame scrubbing found in apps like Netflix
- Perlman disclosed that he believes OnLive’s remote rendering system is “the fastest supercomputer in the world”. When China announced that their Tianhe-1A supercomputer was the fastest in the world back in October, OnLive realized that theirs was faster.
- He switched back to the iPad, and demonstrated Maya running remotely. He was able to pan around and zoom with surprisingly low latency, and the menu controls seemed responsive. He then popped into an Autodesk-built 3D environment (I didn’t catch the name), complete with a complicated skybox, high-res textures, gorgeous clouds, etc. all of which their aforementioned supercomputer was rendering in real time.