HTC sinks $40 million into OnLive, makes us wonder


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One day, I'd love to be able to play Bioshock, Assassin's Creed, or even World of Warcraft—the PC versions, mind you, not a watered-down, mobile-optimized port—on a smartphone or tablet. It's a tantalizing idea, and while a recent investment by handset maker HTC in streaming game company OnLive may not signal any imminent products, it's certainly sparking imaginations.

The Wall Street Journal reports that HTC just took at $40 million stake in OnLive, the "in-the-cloud" gaming service (check out my hands-on review from last summer) that lets gamers stream full-on PC games (ranging from Batman: Arkham Asylum and Bioshock to Unreal Tournament III and Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War II) to desktops, laptops, and now HDTVs.

OnLive has also taken a few baby steps into mobile, issuing an app late last year for Android and iPad tablets that lets you watch—but not play—in-progress matches.