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Gaming Platform Wars | Cloud Gaming on Smart TV’s

At CES today, LG announced a partnership with Google that will see Google’s Stadia cloud gaming service on LG’s webOS on its smart TV’s later this year. Nvidia’s GeForce Now cloud gaming service is also coming to webOS LG smart TV’s this year as well. After we speculated that Samsung’s partnership with Microsoft would include xCloud or a cloud only Game Pass Ultimate app on Samsung TV’s, Microsoft’s Xbox Boss Phil Spencer confirmed that their cloud gaming service would make its way to smart TV’s and dongles in 2021.

When Stadia makes its way to LG TV’s later this year, 4K and 5.1 surround sound with a Stadia Pro subscription will land on webOS 6 first, with webOS planned for support later.

What does cloud gaming look like at home?

Does it make sense to play AAA titles on a phone? No, not really. Ideally, we would see cloud gaming apps like Xbox Game Pass, Stadia, Luna and GeForce Now available on smart tv’s app stores. This would enable a console-less gaming experience where you have just a TV and controller.

Gaming Platforms

To date, gaming platform categories are PC gaming, Console Gaming, Cloud Gaming & Mobile Gaming. Each one offers something different with some overlap, which one are you most interested in? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter.

A former industry insider and tech industry enthusiast.

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