During the presentation of its new range of televisions at CES 2021, LG announced the upcoming arrival of cloud gaming services, Google Stadia and GeForce Now, on its products.
Cloud gaming continues to expand its virtual canvas. After taking smartphones, tablets, PCs by storm, and while waiting to become widespread on TV boxes, it will tackle the ideal medium: the television.
Of course, Google Stadia could already run on any screen using a Chromecast key plugged in and Xbox is also considering an HDMI key to install its Game Pass on TVs. But the ideal would be to have no intermediary. And LG could be the very first manufacturer to offer it.
Cloud gaming, the new TV war
On the occasion of its CES 2021 conference, the South Korean manufacturer obviously unveiled its new Oled TV models, but also QNED or NanoCell with many gaming specifics. And among the technical announcements, another piece of news caught the attention of players: the upcoming arrival of Google Stadia and GeForce Now services from Nvidia directly implanted in the brand’s products to be more easily offered to cloud gaming enthusiasts.
Google recently indicated that Stadia would finally be integrated into Google TV products – especially the latest Chromecast with Google TV which was surprisingly devoid of it when it was launched – and a variation for LG’s OS is therefore expected. All you have to do is connect your controller to enjoy it.
The 2020 models will not be forgotten
The Seoul-based manufacturer could be quicker to come up with the offer than Sony, which has also unveiled a new range of televisions for 2021, expected in the coming months, which will also rely on Google TV and should therefore embark Stadia.
On the other hand, LG is the very first manufacturer to mention the integration of GeForce Now, Nvidia’s cloud gaming offer which multiplies the available media (PC, Mac, smartphone, tablet, webapp, etc.).
LG has indicated that the 2021 models will be served first. But, in its press release, the firm suggests that 2020 televisions running webOS 5.0 could receive the update later in the year.