I thought that I’d bring up a somewhat different Android gaming subject, the future of gaming on Google TV. I actually know very little about the current state of gaming on Google TV, but it seems to me that it would be important if Google wants more widespread adoption of Google TV, and I understand that the Android Market is available on the platform.
Microsoft and Sony are adding video services to the Xbox 360 and PS3 that give them many of the capabilities of devices like Google TV and Apple TV. Gaming support on Google TV would make the platform more attractive to consumers who want the video features and would like also like to play some games on their TV. Google TV hardware isn’t nearly as powerful as current game consoles, and this is likely to continue in the future as both Google TV hardware and new consoles become more powerful, but on the other hand, it’s much cheaper. Hard-core gamers will want the power of consoles (and PC’s), but many consumers would be interested in less powerful systems that are less expensive, as we can see from the fact that Sony still makes the PS2.
There are a number of problems, of course. Most importantly, Google TV doesn’t seem to be all that successful, so developers aren’t motivated to make games for it. On the Xbox 360, the Xbox Live Indie Games market is much more open to developers than most other console game markets, but developers aren’t making much money on it, unlike, for example, the closed Xbox Live Arcade market.
Sony, the one Google TV hardware partner that has continued with it from the very beginning, may not be that interested in having Google TV become a significant gaming platform, since the PS2 and PS3 are probably more lucrative. Their portable consoles haven’t been as successful, so the approach they took with the Xperia Play and their Android tablets is less risky to them.