News out of CES 2012 is that cloud gaming
will soon be featured in all Google TV devices thanks to a new deal
between the internet giant and the online game streaming service
The partnership will see all hardware
and devices sporting Google TV - TVs, Blu-ray players, Media
Streamers, and all enhanced with the ability to play OnLive's 200+
library of videogames without having to worry about pesky things
like installs or "system specs". Players will be able to control the games
using OnLive's proprietary wireless controller or through regular
integration into Google TV is a huge leap forward for videogames,”
wrote Steve Perlman, OnLive Founder and CEO, on the Google TV blog.
“Consumers have come to expect instant gratification with music,
movies and video. Now, with OnLive, players in the US and soon in the
UK can just as easily stream the highest-quality games to their
Google TV devices for play instantly on demand, without discs or
Currently, only the OnLive Viewer app is available for existing Google TV users, with full OnLive gameplay
functionality set to follow in the near future. Essentially that means
you can watch, cheer, and harass other OnLive gamers on Google TV
devices right this very instant, but will have to wait until later to get in on the fun.
OnLive is currently available for PCs,
Macs, iOS, and Android devices. Watch us test out the service on the
latter platform in our hands-on demo.