The evolution of television and videogames has tended to take a parallel course over the years, but the two have up until now been rather mutually exclusive. Electronics giant LG would appear to be pretty serious about gaming, so much so that it is incorporating a videogames console into its latest release of Smart TVs.
At this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, LG announced that they had signed a new partnership with the rich media provider Ubitus that will result in a cloud-gaming service capable of being installed directly into LG’s Smart TVs. Whilst the evolution of videogames consoles has seen cartridges slowly replaced with discs, this partnership seeks to enable Smart TV users to experience console-quality videogames on demand, without the need for discs or downloads.
The initiative is being rolled out firstly to Korean Smart TV users; however it is likely that a global roll-out will follow at some point in 2014. A large catalogue of popular titles will be included in the initiative for Smart TVs such as Street Fighter X Tekken, Dead Rising 2 and Batman: Arkham City, with the some of the best Smart TVs – the LA7900, LA8600 and LA9600 – amongst the compatible units.
LG launched the world’s first 84” ultra HD TV earlier this year and it has won favour with hardcore gamers across the world for its crystal clear display and immersive gaming capabilities. The launch of GameNow is the latest in a long line of innovation from the Korean electronics corporation. Understanding the importance of the visual experience when playing videogames, LG’s Dual Play TV waved goodbye to traditional split-screen gaming by way of allowing users, with the use of specialised glasses, to see two different views on the same screen. The technology would seem to be ideally intertwined with the forthcoming launch of the new Xbox One console, a console designed specifically with high definition, 3D gaming in mind.
Smart TVs have in the past enabled the smooth transition between watching programmes, gaming and film streaming, via the Netflix service. This latest development has the potential to take consoles out of the equation altogether. Electronic Theatre will keep you updated as LG and their competitors aim to bring this technology to living rooms throughout the UK.