Thursday, 15 November 2012

OnLive Cloud Gaming is Now Available on LG Smart TVs with Google TV in the US

Following an announcement in June, the OnLive cloud gaming service has just been integrated into LG Smart TVs with Google TV (G2 Series), making console-quality games instantly playable as part of the TV experience. The OnLive app is the first commercial deployment of instant-response cloud gaming in a TV with no console or set-top box necessary. OnLive already offers something that consoles currently can’t: the ability to continue playing your save games on the go, on nearly any PC or Mac, and many Android tablets.

The OnLive app was delivered over the air today to the LG G2 Series Smart TVs that are already in homes and will be pre-installed on future LG Google TVs. With the Universal OnLive Wireless Controller, LG G2 TV owners in the United States can go to the Premium Apps menu on their TVs and play hundreds of video games on demand. Combining the power of the Google TV platform with the speed of LG’s L9 dual-core chipset and a user-friendly interface, the G2 series is LG’s first TV to make OnLive cloud gaming an integral part of the consumer experience.

The G2 series LG Smart TVs with Google TV are currently available as 47-inch ($1,699.99) and 55-inch ($2,299.99) models. Since these are high-end TVs they are not sold in huge quantities and therefore OnLive doesn't need to be afraid of a sudden influx of LG TV users, but it's nonetheless good for OnLive that they are spreading to different devices and reaching more potential customers.

Uniquely, OnLive makes console-quality gaming truly portable and accessible across multiple platforms. With a single purchase, OnLive games can be played on any OnLive-compatible device—on PCs, Macs, many Android tablets, TVs with the OnLive Game System, and now LG G2 TVs—anywhere there is broadband. Users can start a game on one device and continue playing on any other device, with full saved game data intact in the cloud, whenever and wherever they want. OnLive even enables cross-platform multiplayer gaming, so that an LG G2 TV owner will be able to play with (or against) friends on PCs, Macs and tablets.

The OnLive games catalog includes games from more than 80 publishers, with everything from blockbuster new releases to classic franchises to family-friendly sports, racing and action-adventure games. OnLive games can be demoed free and purchased or rented a la carte, or players can subscribe to the OnLive PlayPack for unlimited play of more than 200 games, with more titles added monthly. OnLive also offers free access to unique social features, such as game spectating in the OnLive Arena, recording ten-second Brag Clip videos of players’ best gaming moments, and sharing videos and achievements with friends on OnLive and Facebook.

“We are proud to be working with OnLive to deliver an incredible home entertainment experience with a full range of interactive viewing and gaming possibilities on LG G2 Series TVs,” said Georg Rasinski, Director of Home Entertainment Brand Management, LG Electronics USA. “OnLive’s premium-quality gaming service offers customers a great opportunity to test the dual-core performance of our G2 Series TVs. We think customers will be very impressed.”

“Our partnership with LG has enabled us to take an important step forward in making high-end gaming accessible to everyone, across a variety of consumer electronic devices,” said Gary Lauder, OnLive Chairman. “Gamers can now enjoy hundreds of amazing console-quality games with no new hardware necessary beyond an OnLive controller and LG’s fast and intuitive Google TV.”

A similar announcement of a partnership with LG was made by rival cloud gaming service Gaikai early this year. With Sony purchasing Gaikai this partnership is up in the air, as is the partnership of Gaikai and Samsung.