OnLive has been around for a couple years now delivering console level gaming on lower end hardware by offloading most of the hard work to OnLive’s servers and then just streaming it to your device. The catch of course is that you need a pretty fast connection (at least 5 Mbps) to make it run smoothly.
OnLive announced that they would be coming to Android about one year ago and finally released their cloud gaming service for Android phones and tablets back in December. Unfortunately that did not extend to Google TV which is already hooked up to your TV (or is inside your TV) and could immediately start doing duty as a console replacement.
Well OnLive has announced at E3 that the full OnLive app is finally coming to Google TV and that the LG Smart TV with Google TV (Series 2) will be the first to get it. It will support up to four controllers at once, so no listening to your friends whine that it’s their turn.
The service currently offers over 200 titles and allows you to demo almost any game for 30 minutes to get a taste. The app itself is free, but you buy games or rent access to them for 3-5 days. You can also opt to pay for their PlayPack subscription which gives you unlimited access to basically every title for $9.99 a month.
No additional launch details at the moment and unfortunately they didn’t mention when OnLive would make it on to other Google TVs, but we’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available.
I realize the hardcore gamers are unlikely to replace their consoles or gaming PCs anytime soon, but what about you casual gamers? Would the availability of OnLive make you any more likely to take a look at a Google TV rather than a 360, PS3 or Wii(U)?Show Press Release
OnLive Cloud Gaming Demonstrated on LG Smart TVs with Google TV
Hundreds of Top-tier Games Playable Instantly On-Demand with No Console Needed;
Rich Social Gaming with Multiplayer, Massive Spectating, Brag Clip Videos, Voice Chat;
Supports up to 4 OnLive Wireless Controllers;
Previewed at OnLive’s E3 Booth
Los Angeles, Calif. (E3 Expo, 2012) – June 5, 2012 – OnLive, Inc., the pioneer of on-demand cloud gaming, is demonstrating the OnLive® Game Service on the next-generation LG Smart TV with Google TV (G2 Series) from LG Electronics at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) here this week.
Capitalizing on the power of LG’s L9 dual-core processor, the service would make hundreds of top-tier video games from more than 60 publishers playable on-demand, without a console or PC. When the service becomes available, LG G2 TV owners will also enjoy free instant access to exclusive OnLive social features such as worldwide massive spectating, the brand-new OnLive MultiView spectating capability, Brag Clip™ video recording and Facebook sharing.
Previews of the OnLive LG TV experience will be shown publicly for the first time at OnLive Booth #535, South Hall at the Electronic Entertainment Expo from June 5-7 in Los Angeles. Select 3D games, using the popular LG CINEMA 3D glasses, are planned for a future software update.
With just a few taps of the Universal OnLive Wireless Controller or any compatible game controller, LG G2 TV owners will be able to jump in and play OnLive’s growing library of hundreds of top-tier, console-class video games on-demand. Instant demos are available for nearly every game-from eagerly anticipated indie titles like Ravaged to hot blockbusters such as the upcoming Darksiders® II-so players can experience up to 30 minutes of each game free before deciding what to buy, and then continue playing where the demo left off.
Games can be purchased a la carte, or players can subscribe to OnLive’s revolutionary PlayPack subscription service for unlimited on-demand play of more than 220 games, with more titles added weekly. When players are away from their OnLive LG TV, all of their OnLive games are available-with full game saves and achievements-on almost any PC or Mac®, tablet or smart phone wherever there is broadband, whether in a different room in the house, or in a different country in the world.
In addition to instant-action gameplay, an OnLive Game Service account enables users to watch millions of gamers from around the world play live in the massive spectating Arena, voice chat with other players and spectators, capture Brag Clip videos of their best and worst gameplay and share their gaming exploits with friends on Facebook.
Exclusive to OnLive, users can now even spectate and chat with friends and teammates in OnLive’s new MultiView mode while continuing to play their own game, adding an engaging new social dimension to OnLive gaming. With MultiView, gamers will not only be able to take co-operative tactics to all-new levels by virtually looking over their teammates’ shoulders as they play, but also keep tabs on friends in any single player or multiplayer game in play on the service.
“LG Google TV’s superior performance, coupled with OnLive’s innovative games-on-demand service, unleashes powerful new entertainment possibilities for gaming enthusiasts,” said Georg Rasinski, Director of Home Entertainment Brand Management, LG Electronics USA. “Cloud gaming complements the virtually limitless content options already available through our exciting G2 series TVs.”
“It’s always been our mission to make top-quality gaming accessible to everyone, everywhere,” said Steve Perlman, Founder and CEO, OnLive. “OnLive adds no cost to LG Smart TVs, but delivers a full console-class experience. We’re excited to make on-demand top-tier gaming an integral part of the living room entertainment system on LG’s state-of-the-art TVs.”
The LG G2 Series, which combines the power of the Google TV platform with the speed of LG’s new L9 dual-core chipset and a user-friendly interface, is expected be the first LG Smart TV with Google TV model to make OnLive on-demand gameplay an integral part of the consumer experience. The first LG G2 TV, featuring Full HD 3D and the OnLive Game Service pre-installed, is anticipated in a future software update. To preview the experience firsthand, come by OnLive Booth #535, South Hall at the Electronic Entertainment Expo from June 5-7 in Los Angeles. To find out more about OnLive, visit www.onlive.com or www.onlive.co.uk.