View Full Version : Toshiba TVs with PC games streaming from cloud coming to the US

January 12th, 2014, 23:22
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OnLive might not be the most successful (http://www.joystiq.com/2012/08/17/onlive-losing-at-least-50-percent-of-staff-purchased-by-unkno/) cloud-based gaming platform, but with Sony's recent reveal of the Gaikai-powered PlayStation Now (http://www.joystiq.com/tag/playstation-now), the concept is only gaining more traction. Similar to OnLive's push (http://www.joystiq.com/2013/03/20/onlives-new-senior-vp-of-engineering-to-push-tablet-smart-tv/) for integration with tablets and TVs, Toshiba's incoming line of smart TVs will also offer game streaming capabilities via cloud-based gaming service GameNow. Toshiba's press releasestates (http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/06/ca-tais-idUSnBw066166a+100+BSW20140106) that the GameNow-compatible L3400U, L5400U, and L7400U smart TV models are "scheduled to begin shipping" in the first quarter of 2014.

Polygon reports (http://www.polygon.com/2014/1/10/5292940/toshiba-bringing-on-demand-pc-gaming-to-cloud-connected-tvs-this) that the service will feature PC games published by Capcom like Devil May Cry 4 (http://www.joystiq.com/game/devil-may-cry-4) and Resident Evil 5 (http://joystiq.com/game/resident-evil-5), as well as Warner Bros. games likeBatman: Arkham City (http://www.joystiq.com/game/batman-arkham-city). GameNow creator Ubitus has also struck deals with Square Enix, Sega and Konami involving cloud-based versions of their games overseas, such as Dragon Quest X (http://joystiq.com/tag/dragon-quest-x).

Polygon described the rounds of Street Fighter X Tekken (http://www.joystiq.com/game/street-fighter-x-tekken) it played at CES with Logitch wireless controllers as "playable, but laggy," suggesting GameNow might be serviceable for genres where split-second timing isn't everything.