Posted Wed Jun 6, 2012 at 09:00 AM PDT by Dick Ward
Samsung goes with Gaikai while LG will pack both Gaikai and OnLive
The E3 expo going on right now mainly concerns videogame fans, but this latest announcement crosses into other territory. Both Samsung and LG have announced that they'll be adding cloud gaming to their TVs. For those unfamiliar, services like OnLive and Gaikai allow you to stream games to your TV much like Netflix does with movies. The quality isn't as high as it would be on a dedicated PC, and there's a bit of lag depending on where you live and what your connection is like, but it's incredibly slick for something that's built right into a TV.
LG has already announced that they're integrating Gaikai cloud gaming, but now Samsung has jumped on board as well. Gaikai isn't a fully fledges solution yet as it only offers demos, but the company plans to add full games in the near future.
The newest addition to LG TVs is OnLive, a service that currently does give you the opportunity to buy and play full games, or dip into a demo of the latest titles. It's a pretty big deal for OnLive, and potentially for LG as well. You'll be able to use up to four controllers at once, so multiplayer gaming is a distinct possibility.
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