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OnLive now supports Sony Ericsson Xperia Play's controls

If you own an Xperia Play, you can now download the updated OnLive Android app and use your handset controls to get gaming.

Looks like OnLive is wishing all Xperia Play owners a very merry Christmas -- it's just updated its Android app to cater for the handset's slide-out controls. So that means you can get all your OnLive games on your phone, and actually use the physical controls. Which is good news, seeing as that's the main selling point of the handset.

Here's to no longer having your fingers obscure what's happening on-screen.

OnLive founder and CEO Steve Perlman said in a statement: "From the moment we launched our OnLive Android app, gamers began asking about Sony Ericsson Xperia Play game control support. We listened and delivered. Now Xperia Play gamers in the US and UK can play almost all of OnLive's 200 premium titles like Saints Row: The Third and Assassin's Creed: Revelations on their Xperia Play smart phones with a full console-class experience, including multiplayer and social features."

The app was originally released for Android earlier this month. It's still free, requires Android 2.3 or later, and is a 2.4MB download. If you're yet to experience it, OnLive is a service that streams games to your computer or device, with no discs or hefty downloads required.

If you don't own an Xperia Play, but want to game on your phone with physical controls, you can buy the OnLive Wireless Controller for £39.99. The OnLive app is also available for iOS devices.

Games on mobiles and tablets look like a real threat to handhelds like the PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS. Sony just priced up its UK launch line-up for the Vita, with games costing around £40.

Can dedicated handheld games consoles survive in the face of cheaper competition from phones and tablets? And have you tried OnLive? Let us know your opinion in the comments below, or on our Facebook page.