At CES today OnLive, and Vizio announced that they plan to integrate the OnLive Game Service directly into Vizio HDTVs. Gamers will be available for instant play with no console, discs or downloads required. Games will be available at up to full 1080p HDTV in 3D with 5.1 surround sound. OnLive game compatibility will also be extended to the Vizio VIA Tablet and VIA Smart Phone, complementing current OnLive availability on PC, Mac and iPad.
“Today’s OnLive/Vizio announcement marks a major milestone: for the first time in the history of video games, consumers will be able to enjoy premium video games directly on a TV, no console or computer needed,” said Steve Perlman, Founder and CEO of OnLive. “Vizio’s innovative and cutting-edge technologies are ideally aligned to complement OnLive’s vision for the future of entertainment and together we look forward to providing a wealth of rich-media, interactive content to consumers this year.”
With the integration of OnLive across the VIA Plus ecosystem of compatible Vizio devices, consumers can access the OnLive cloud gaming service directly through any VIA Plus HDTV, Tablet, Smart Phone or Blu-ray Player for instant gaming on any VIA Plus device-even seamlessly continuing gameplay from one device to the next-without the need for a game console.
“Consumer adoption and feedback on VIA has been phenomenal, and we’re excited to work with OnLive to bring instant gaming direct to our products,” said Matthew McRae, Chief Technology Officer at Vizio. “Besides having on demand access to top movies, TV shows, and music, VIA Plus users will also be able to enjoy the unparalleled convenience of playing the latest hit gaming titles with the freedom to switch games much like you change the channel.”