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War Thunder debuts on OnLive's CloudLift streaming service

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War Thunder, the free-to-play military MMO from Russian studio Gaijin Entertainment, is launching today on CloudLift, the cloud-based gaming service from OnLive, the latter company announced today.

CloudLift, which OnLive debuted this past March in open beta, is a subscription-based service that allows players to "lift" a limited selection of Steam titles they already own to the cloud, and then stream them to a variety of devices without needing to download the full game. Those devices include Mac- and Windows-based computers, as well as TVs and Android tablets. Because CloudLift is integrated with Steam, save games are synced across devices.

War Thunder is currently available on Mac, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC. According to OnLive, CloudLift makes the MMO mobile for the first time — through CloudLift, the game is playable on an Android tablet with a Bluetooth controller. In a press release, OnLive said that CloudLift "massively lowers the recommended PC or Mac specification" for War Thunder, with the game streaming at 60 frames per second in 720p resolution. Today's announcement represents the first time a free-to-play game is added to the library of games in the CloudLift subscription.

"OnLive is making it possible for our millions of War Thunder fans to jump into combat quickly, wherever they are and on whatever device they're carrying," said Anton Yudintsev, CEO of Gaijin Entertainment.

Interested parties can try CloudLift free for seven days; a subscription costs $7.95 per month. For more on War Thunder, check out our preview of the PlayStation 4 version from last November.