At E3 2012, game streaming expert OnLive showed off the new territory its service is to move into. As well as demonstrating game streaming working directly within a web browser, OnLive was seen running on LG TVs running the Google TV platform. At present, the service demands its own app to be installed – but not for much longer, it seems.
OnLive game streaming is about to go up a gear. At E3 2012, the system’s latest developments were shown off, including Smart TV compatibility and in-browser operation. Although currently at pre-release stage, OnLive says that LG TVs running Google TV will soon be able to make us of OnLive. LG G2 owners will be able to make more-or-less full use of the service, including compatibility a handful of 3D games.
What you’re more likely to be able to make use of is browser-based OnLive gaming. However, this is intended as a white label solution that publishers can make use of, letting you have a go at their games directly from a website, rather than a loosening-up of the standard OnLive service as a whole.
OnLive has also increased the scope of its spectator function. OnLive MultiView works like a picture-in-picture mode of a TV, letting you watch someone else’s game in progress while getting on with your own. It may seem like a gimmick at first, but the potential to watch a friend’s game is a handy addition.
If you’ve not yet checked out OnLive, you can give it a go for free. It allows 30-min trials of its games, and both membership and app downloads for PC/tablet/smartphone are free. For more, check out our OnLive review.