Tuesday night OnLive sent word that its Android client is now optimized for Marvell's Armada 1500 HD Media SoC. That means consumers purchasing a Google TV device sporting this chip will now have access to the cloud gaming service's library of PC and console titles.
"We've optimized our app for optimal performance on the Marvell stack for Google TV, both pre-installed on some Google TV devices and eventually available through Google Play for others," the company explained in an email.
Marvell's Armada 1500 features a superscaler dual-core CPU and more than 6000 Dhrystone MIPS of computing horsepower. It also sports Qdeo processing technology with support for 3DTV that provides consistently high-quality, full HD video despite the source and enables "compelling" interactive user interfaces.
"The Armada 1500's small form factor and fan-less chip design, coupled with Marvell's family of Avastar wireless products support a broad scope of smart, slim, power-efficient devices -- including networked DTV platforms, Blu-ray players, digital media adapters (DMA), and HD set-top boxes -- and delivers best-in-class features at highly competitive price points," Marvell said in a press release.
Marvell states that its Armada 1500 chip is the central hardware component of the Google TV 2.0 platform. Its unique chip architecture gives users the power to access broadcast TV and Web content from a single device. That said, the Onlive Game Service is now officially integrated with next-generation Google TV's and streaming set-top players sporting the chip.
"OnLive’s focus is to make the highest quality gaming accessible to everyone, anywhere and anytime they want it. With Marvell under the hood, we are able to deliver the highest-quality, on-demand gaming experience on groundbreaking devices and systems like Google TV,” said Steve Perlman, OnLive Founder and CEO. “The ARMADA 1500 is an impressively high-performance, low-power SoC that accommodates OnLive’s highly advanced technology and delivers a mind-blowing gaming experience."
One example of the next-generation Google TV wave is Sony's just-released NSZ-GS7 set-top box. For $199.99 USD, it features the dual-core SoC clocked at 1.2 GHz, Google TV 2.0, built-in 802.11 b/g/n connectivity, 8 GB of internal storage, an Ethernet port, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI input and output ports, and a Bluetooth remote packing a touchpad and a full QWERTY keyboard mounted on its backside. Reviews seem mixed thus far, ranging an average of around 6 out of 10.
Unfamiliar with OnLive? It's a cloud gaming service that streams PC and console titles straight to your desktop, notebook, tablet or smartphone. Customers can rent games, purchase them outright and store them in OnLive's cloud, or subscribe to an all-you-can-play monthly service. The best part is that users don't need high-end hardware -- the drawback is that an internet connection is required. For more information, head here.