Ever wonder how well Android tablets play OnLive games? We've take the high and low road for this video, and test it on the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime and the new Acer Iconia Tab A200. Both Are Android 10.1" tablets, but the $499 Prime is currently the fastest with a quad core Tegra 3 CPU and Android OS 4.03 Ice Cream Sandwich, while the Iconia Tab A200 is a bargain priced Honeycomb 3.2 tablet (scheduled to get ICS) with last year's staple, the 1GHz dual core Tegra 2 CPU.
What do both have in common? A full size USB port that supports USB game controllers. That USB port is built into the Iconia, while you'll need to buy the $149 keyboard dock for the Prime, or hunt for the extremely elusive but very affordable $15 Asus USB adapter that plugs into the sync/charge port on the tablet. You can also use a wireless Bluetooth game controller like the $50 OnLive controller or GameStop's $40 tablet controller. We use both an XBOX USB controller and the GameStop controller in our tests.
For those who aren't familiar with OnLive, it's an online service that allows you to play PC games on PCs, Macs, Android tablets and smartphones. Their server is actually running the game (think of it as your gaming PC in the cloud), and it's streaming the video to your device and giving you control via a mouse, keyboard and/or game controller. Since the PC in the cloud is actually running the game, the performance capabilities of your tablet or smartphone aren't so important. Does that hold true? You'll see in our video.
OnLive is free to try out, so give it a shot. Some games are touch optimized so you won't need a game controller or keyboard, but not all are. We test both tablets playing Batman: Arkham City using the OnLive.com service and the XBOX wired USB controller. We also test out GameStop's wireless controller to play the Android game GTA III.
All you need to use OnLive is a decent WiFi connection or fast 3G/4G data connection (though you'll eat through your monthly data allowance quickly using cellular data!). We used both tablets on the same 802.11n 2.4GHz network and had a fairly fast 10Mbps connection for our tests. For those of you who are familiar with the Transformer Prime's wireless anomalies, you'll want to have at least an 8Mbps connection if you use the Bluetooth wireless controller because Bluetooth degrades WiFi on some units.