Cloudy with a Chance of Games

As the gaming market moves towards cloud gaming getting access to gaming will become a lot easier. LG has confirmed that both Stadia and GeForce Now will be getting added to their TVs this year with Stadia likely to be first and GeForce Now being added at a later date. As reported by The Verge and TechRadar.

Update as reported by 9 to 5 Google the Stadia app is not expected till late 2021.

It is unclear if this will be just the new TVs LG are launching in 2021 or if both platforms will be added to older TV models. This is a really exciting time for cloud gaming and this another step towards cloud gaming be available everywhere. One thing to keep an eye on is if that xCloud gets announced by Samsung in the coming days as Microsoft have a close partnership with them.

Also worth noting from the LG press release is they are adding HDMI 2.1 –

LG OLED TVs have also earned a reputation as the best TVs for both console and PC gaming. LG’s 2021 OLED TVs are equipped with new features such as Game Optimizer along with a 1 millisecond response time, low input lag and four ports supporting the latest HDMI specifications.5 Not only does it allow users the ability to access all game-related settings in one convenient place, Game Optimizer, featured in all LG 2021 webOS TVs including QNED Mini LED and NanoCell TVs, automatically applies the best picture settings according to the type of the game being played, whether it is a first-person shooter, role-playing game or real-time strategy title. For exhilarating big-screen gaming with stutter- and tear-free images, LG OLED TVs are G-SYNC® Compatible, FreeSync™ Premium supported and feature variable refresh rate (VRR),6 all of which can be managed within the Game Optimizer.

What’s more, LG expanded the number of TV models that will support HDMI 2.1 features in 2021, with enhanced audio return channel (eARC) and automatic low latency mode (ALLM) being supported across the full lineup. LG’s QNED90 Mini LED, NANO90 and NANO85 NanoCell TVs will also support variable refresh rate (VRR) for an outstanding experience for those who love gaming

By Duncan Baxter

I have been playing since the Commodore 64 days and have basically played every console going since then including the Ouya! I have been a fan of cloud gaming since the Onlive days and that was my favorite platform. Cloud gaming will revolutionize how we play games going forward and it is just a matter of time when it takes off.

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