OnLive Living On Google TV
Published on Wednesday, 11 January 2012 21:04
CES, or the Consumer Electronics Show for the uninitiated, has brought us tons of new toys to play with, as well as a load of news to filter through. However, none may be more impactful, at lease in terms of gaming, than the OnLive announcement. The cloud-based streaming service has partnered up with Google and will be featured in all present and future Google TV devices (which include televisions, Blu-Ray players and media streamers). It will be compatible with Google TV remotes, as well as the OnLive wireless controller and standard USB controllers.
This move continues to push the gaming service’s reach, as they are already available on PCs, televisions (via their MicroConsole), smart phones, and tablets. It could prove interesting to see if consumers utilize it, especially those who wouldn’t typically invest in gaming hardware.
While this does widen the gap a bit more between it and some of its competition - such as GameFly - in terms of install base, do keep in mind that OnLive wasn’t the only one making moves toward televisions at CES. Dave Perry cloud streaming brainchild Gaikai also announced a partnership with LG, positioning Gaikai as the backbone for LG’s Smart TV gaming service, and will be featured in the upcoming LG Cinema 3D TVs launching later this year.
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