This week during CES 2012 in Las Vegas, Gaikai announced that it has teamed up with LG to bring cloud gaming straight to the LG's Cinema 3D TVs, starting with the 2012 models.
Unlike OnLive, Gaikai doesn't provide a gaming service that serves an all-you-can eat gaming buffet for a low monthly price. Gaikai also doesn't directly sell cloud-based games, but instead provides a platform for publishers and retailers to sell cloud-based titles directly to consumers. Users don't sign into Gaikai's platform, but rather demo and purchase streaming games straight from those third parties.
"Gaikai has spent three years building the fastest interactive cloud network in the world, instantly capable of delivering cutting-edge games without the need for any extra custom hardware," Gaikai said on Tuesday. "Coupled with relationships with the top video game and development partners around the world, Gaikai is capable of delivering a broad catalog of the world’s most exciting games straight to LG connected consumers."
LG's gaming portal will provide a library of streaming titles using Gaikai's processing cloud platform -- this portal will reside within LG's own Smart TV ecosystem. Consumers will be able to use their Smart TV sign-in and seamlessly play a broad range of games, including some of the latest award-winning releases.
"We care passionately about delivering the best content and most premium experiences possible for our valued customers," said Taeg Il Cho, VP of TV Product Planning Group at LG Electronics. "The ability to have award winning games that run on much more powerful hardware in the cloud than today’s Playstation 3 or Xbox 360, made this a must-have feature for our televisions and future devices"
To see Gaikai's platform in action, gamers can head here and test-drive popular titles like The Witcher 2, Crysis 2, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Magicka, Mass Effect 2 and more. It's currently unknown what LG will offer via its cloud gaming portal, or if the titles will remain as rentals or allow outright purchases.