Gaikai to offer streaming PC games on LG TVs in 2012

If you happen to purchase one of LG's TV in 2012, you might be able to stream high end PC games directly to the television. On Tuesday, the streaming game service Gaikai announced at CES 2012 that it has signed an agreement with LG to provide some of its Smart TVs, such as the LG Cinema 3D TV, access to purchase and stream full PC games to those TVs. The Gaikai service will go live on some LG televisions later in 2012.

While Gaikai's service has been used to offer streaming PC game demos for web sites such as Best Buy, YouTube and others, this new deal with LG will feature full PC games that will be purchased directly from the LG television's Smart TV interface. A prototype of the Gaikai-LG streaming game service is being shown on the CES 2012 show floor this week.

This new deal is a big one for Gaikai, which launched its service in February 2011, several months after its biggest rival OnLive launched a similar streaming game service in June 2010 for PCs and Macs. OnLive announced a deal with TV maker Vizio a year ago to provide its service directly to some Vizio televisions but so far that support has yet to launch.

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I wonder what the likes of Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony have to think about this. I mean, once broadband connections become good enough across the board for everyone to stream HD games straight through the TV, consoles will be entirely obsolete!

Majesticmerc said,
I wonder what the likes of Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony have to think about this. I mean, once broadband connections become good enough across the board for everyone to stream HD games straight through the TV, consoles will be entirely obsolete!

I don't think they're too concerned. Input lag is a problem.

mrp04 said,

I don't think they're too concerned. Input lag is a problem.

I'm not sure about that. I have OnLive's Micro-Console on my TV and it works pretty good on my 100MB connection. I've never had any input lag issues. That's not to say other users haven't. It works great for me. I really wouldn't be surprised to see some type of streaming make it into future versions of the major consoles.

mrp04 said,

I don't think they're too concerned. Input lag is a problem.

I don't think lag's the problem in all areas... but in some areas where WISPs are the only solution its a major problem, or a satalite region even worse problem.. but hte real problem is bandwidth to those regions that don't have cable connections, higher speed DSL or fiber... which in the USA is a VERY large portion of the country in the middle where things are so spread out its not really financially worth it for the ISP's to do that kind of deployment

Klethron said,

I'm not sure about that. I have OnLive's Micro-Console on my TV and it works pretty good on my 100MB connection. I've never had any input lag issues. That's not to say other users haven't. It works great for me. I really wouldn't be surprised to see some type of streaming make it into future versions of the major consoles.

pecentage of population that has 100+Mbit connections with very low latency?... you are technically a minority... until we can give everyone at least 10Mbit down and 2Mbit up and latency less then 150ms I don't think this will replace consoles anytime soon