June 5, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
During CES 2012, OnLive debuted its OnLive Viewer that can stream live video of other players to Google TV. Now, the cloud-based gaming company is introducing a playable version of OnLive to another product that debuted at CES, the LG G2 with Google TV.
LG’s Google TV entrant will offer on-demand video gaming thanks to OnLive’s cloud solution. It will offer console-quality graphics without the need of a console. Hundreds of games will be available, and the system will even permit 30-minute playable demos to test drive new titles. Purchase the game and it will resume from the last saved state of the demo. Gamers will get the option to purchase single titles or pay a monthly subscription for access to more than 220 games.
OnLive pitches the LG G2 as the first Google TV device to complete its continuous gaming experience. The G2′s L9 dual-core processor far exceeds the capabilities of any other GTV currently available, so it will be capable of handling the graphics and streaming from OnLive. And because OnLive also supports other Android tablets and phones, members can have play the same game on their mobile device that they play on their big screen – achievements and progress included.
There’s still no word about when exactly OnLive gaming will come to other Google TV’s (or even when exactly it will arrive on the LG G2). However, Vizio’s Google TV systems announced at CES are likely to be supported later, and OnLive is demoing the experience on an LG G2 today at E3. The company will also display a new MultiView mode, which shows what your friends are seeing in multiplayer games, and enhances social gaming. OnLive describes it this way:
Exclusive to OnLive, users can now even spectate and chat with friends and teammates in OnLive’s new MultiView mode while continuing to play their own game, adding an engaging new social dimension to OnLive gaming. With MultiView, gamers will not only be able to take co-operative tactics to all-new levels by virtually looking over their teammates’ shoulders as they play, but also keep tabs on friends in any single player or multiplayer game in play on the service.