OnLive readies game streaming app for Google TV devicesBy Jose Vilches
Video game streaming service OnLive is adding yet another option for users to access their service. In a post just published to the Google TV blog, OnLive CEO Steve Perlman said that they've been working closely with Google to bring console-class gaming to all Google TV enabled devices, including set-top boxes, Blu-ray players and the range of HDTVs being announced at CES by the likes of Vizio, Samsung, LG, and Sony.
OnLive is starting out with a Viewer app on Google TV, so for now, you can just watch others play and use the service's social features. Perlman didn't offer an actual release timeframe for full gameplay functionality but said more Google TV devices are coming with OnLive built right in.
If you're undecided between different streaming boxes like Google TV, Apple TV, Roku, and Boxee, this might help put you over the edge in favor of Google. That said, at the rate OnLive is expanding, we wouldn't be surprised to see them releasing apps for a few competing platforms as well.
Besides its standalone MicroConsole TV adapter, as well as the Windows and Mac OS X clients, and a few devices from third-party manufacturers, the company recently made its cloud-based gaming service available to a range of Android smartphones and tablets, with an iOS app coming soon. OnLive also plans to release a $50 compatible wireless controller for those not too keen on gaming using a touch interface.