Wednesday, 11 January 2012

The Full OnLive App for Gaming is Coming Soon to All Google TV Devices

Just recently OnLive released the OnLive Viewer for Android devices including Google TV. There were speculations that this is only a test before the full OnLive App for gaming comes to Google TV devices. Well, the speculation is no more, as it has been confirmed by none other than OnLive Founder and CEO Steve Perlman, that the full OnLive App for gaming will soon be among Google TV devices.

Full OnLive gameplay is coming soon to all current and future Google TV devices, including TVs, Blu-ray players and Media Streamers, making Google TV the first integrated TV platform with high-end PC and console-class gameplay capability, and bringing OnLive capability to most major TV manufacturers.

This week at CES, we are seeing quite a few new Smart TVs, that are going to be released sometime this year. Vizio also introduced several new products that will include Google TV 2.0, such as their $99 VAP430 Stream Player set-top box. OnLive instant on-demand gameplay of about 200 high-end PC and console-quality titles, including top-tier recent releases, such as Saints Row: The Third and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, is being demonstrated on the VIZIO VAP430 Stream Player with the Universal OnLive Wireless Controller in Las Vegas during the CES show this week.

Aaron Drew, product manager at Vizio, said that the remote that's shipping with the Vizio boxes is fine for casual gaming, but he wasn't sure that it would support every game. He couldn't confirm OnLive would be a launch-day feature of the company's Google TV products.

Google announced that they are working with Samsung and Sony to bring further Google TV models to market this year. Google also said it's switching its recommended chipset from Intel to Marvell.

“We’re excited that OnLive will be making the highest-quality videogames available to all Google TV users,” said Shanna PrevĂ©, Google TV Content Partnerships. “OnLive’s groundbreaking instant-play service truly demonstrates the versatility and power of Google TV.”

In fact, Steve had the honor of posting on the official Google TV Blog. This shows the confidence that Google puts in OnLive for streaming high-end games to Google TV Smart TVs and devices, as well as Android tablets and smartphones.

So, without further ado, here's the blog post OnLive Founder and CEO Steve Perlman had the honor to post on the Google TV blog:

OnLive: Console-class Gaming Comes to Google TV

Videogames just took a huge leap into the future with OnLive cloud gaming on Google TV.

With Google TV, you take it for granted that you can stream just about any type of linear media—video, movies, music—on demand and experience it instantly. But, when it comes to the latest high-performance console-class games, you probably still need discs and big downloads to experience them, and gameplay is anything but instant.

With OnLive, the latest high-performance video games stream just as instantly as videos or movies. It's really cool.

Download the OnLive Viewer App, fire it up and check out my favorite place, the Arena. What you’ll see are gamers around the world playing top-tier videogames live, some of them approaching the visual realism of live action, and before long, you might even think you are watching a movie. Cheer (click thumbs-up) if you like what you see, and that cheer might appear on the screen of a gamer on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. Try friending and striking up some chat. And, definitely watch some Brag Clip videos, showing the best (and worst!) of OnLive gaming, with the most jaw-dropping and most hilarious moments captured from live gameplay.

As we do with most new platforms, OnLive is starting out with a Viewer on Google TV, so for now, you can just watch and use OnLive social features. But hang in there, OnLive is working closely with Google to enable full gameplay with OnLive gamers from around the world on Google TV. And more Google TV devices are coming, with OnLive built right in.

In fact, this week at the CES Show in Las Vegas, VIZIO will showcase the first-ever line of Google TV products with OnLive playability built in. With this next generation of VIZIO Internet Apps Plus (V.I.A. Plus) devices, equipped with Google TV 2.0, you can simply power on your HDTV, pick up your Universal OnLive Wireless Controller and play amazing games instantly on demand—no console necessary. Play the first 30 minutes of almost any of OnLive’s 200 games free and buy only what you like, or subscribe to the OnLive PlayPack Bundle for unlimited access to over 140 games. No discs, no big downloads … just like the instant media experience you’ve become accustomed to with Google TV.

Google TV gives you unprecedented choice and control of instant media on TV. With OnLive, you can now add top-tier video games to the list of media available. I hope you have a great time with it!

Posted by Steve Perlman, Founder and CEO, OnLive

SOURCES: Google TV Blog, OnLiveFans, CNET.

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