OnLive to be built-in to Vizio TVs, Blu-ray players, VIA Phones and Tablets
The videogame landscape is about to get a lot more interesting. If you thought the iPad/iPod and Social Networking changed the scene; then you can definitely add one more interesting technological leap to the list.
As if the OnLive Cloud Gaming Service in and of itself wasn’t interesting enough, a new landmark deal will have the service built directly in to upcoming Vizio televisions!
And TVs are not the only device that will feature OnLive Cloud Gaming built-in. Instant-streaming of top-quality AAA PC games will also be available on other devices including: VIA Tablets, VIA Phones and VIA Blu-ray players that are part of the “VIA Plus ecosystem”.
To quote from the official site:
“This is a really special day.
In the past, you have always needed to buy and connect a console to your TV if you wanted to play the latest state-of-the-art games. No longer. Now the TV itself can deliver instant, state-of-the-art game play. No discs, downloads, or updates needed. Games start up as instantly as changing channels, and you can spectate games in the Arena just as you surf through live TV content. No hassles. Just play.
Today, we’re happy to announce that the OnLive Game Service will be integrated into new VIZIO VIA Plus TVs at up to 1080p resolution in 3D. Not only that, but OnLive will also be integrated into VIZIO’s new line of VIA Blu-ray players, Android tablets and smartphones.
With the click of a remote control, or a tap on a tablet or phone touchscreen, VIZIO owners will be immediately transported into the OnLive Game Service, with the same state-of-the-art, instant game experience you get with the OnLive MicroConsole TV adapter, PCs, Macs, and the iPad. In fact, you’ll be able to save your OnLive game on one device, and instantly resume it on another device. Seamlessly.
Just as you can enjoy services such as Netflix and Pandora across virtually all consumer electronic devices, you’ll also be able to enjoy OnLive everywhere. The OnLive game experience is generated in the cloud, so as a device ages, the OnLive experience remains state-of-the-art. This is extremely important for long life-cycle devices like TVs: For example, in 5 years, your OnLive-integrated VIZIO TV will still be compatible with the latest, highest-performance games.
You can see OnLive technology built into VIZIO HDTVs at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. The first OnLive-integrated VIZIO products will be in stores later this year.
Also at CES, we’ll be demoing the OnLive Game Service with SRS 5.1 Surround Sound. What’s cool about SRS 5.1 is that, like OnLive, it works compatibly across all devices. It’s compatible with both SRS and non-SRS surround sound decoders. If you only have stereo or even mono sound, you’ll still get the best audio for the setup you have. Surround sound makes for an incredibly immersive experience when playing a game on the OnLive Service: you hear sounds all around you, and as you rotate your character, the sounds rotate around the room as if you are in the game. Combined with 3D, it is mind-blowing. SRS 5.1 surround sound will be an automatic free update to all users in early 2011.”
The new TVs will be shown off at the CES 2010 Consumer Electronics show all this week as mentioned above. In addition, Perlman announced that latency for OnLive will be getting a major drop soon so that the games will continue to play even better and better (or “snappier and snappier” as he put it).
You can try OnLive yourself for a “Netflix-like” $10 monthly flat rate (excluding the purchase of individual games). And you can do so on ANY TV if you purchase the $99 OnLive Microconsole and controller bundle. Or you can simply access the service through your PC, allowing you to play games at the highest settings on any lowly machine thanks to the magic of cloud computing.
Now it’ll be interesting to see how successful the OnLive service actually becomes.
Here is an in-depth look at OnLive.