Investment from HTC hints at mobile gaming plans

Posted on Thursday, February 10th, 2011 at 10:30 am by Andy

OnLive and HTC

Smartphone manufacturer HTC has made an investment in a firm which could result in a partnership in mobile gaming services in the future.

A £25 million cash injection was made by the Taiwanese firm in cloud-based game streaming service OnLive and comes in the same week that all five of the UK’s major mobile network providers announced that they would be backing the PlayStation-flavoured Sony Ericsson Xperia Play.

OnLive is a firm which offers game streaming to PCs and to living rooms, via a small set top box, eliminating the need for users to own a powerful computer or console. The same service could easily be applied to mobiles, enabling incredible graphics without requiring batter-draining hardware.

HTC has said that it will be releasing more details about its links to OnLive next week, which means it looks like the Mobile World Congress will be the event at which serious revelations are made.

Shifting mobile services into the cloud where remote servers and computer clusters do all of the number crunching, while end users enjoy the results, is an excellent plan, reducing the need for ridiculous specs on next-gen handsets. HTC is making a smart play to get in on the ground floor, if the reports from the Wall Street Journal are accurate.