In addition to the suite of changes coming to Google TV
, Google now says that GoogleTV embedded LG televisions will also come with embedded OnLive gaming functionality. According to an announcement
, this is the first time the software has been embedded in televisions, allowing users to stream top-shelf games without a physical console. From the press release:
With the OnLive Wireless Controller (available at onlive.com/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. The OnLive 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.
Granted this may not be such a big deal when you consider that that recent data shows that around 50% of connected TVs aren't connected
-- in large part because users just want their TVs to be TVs, with more-easily replaceable DVRs, game consoles, and Roku-esque devices doing the heavy lifting. There's also the question of how long OnLive will survive after their recent fishy smelling financial chicanery
, which resulted in most of the staff being fired without severance (though some were rehired).