Google Stadia to be added to LG televisions starting next year
By Bob Garcia
Google and LG are partnering to bring a whole new level of gaming to the TV set
Hang onto that old (or even new) video game console – pack it up safely and securely and store it in the closet. There might come a day that it is worth some money, as the transformation of the video game industry continues. Streaming video game platforms that work like Netflix or Amazon Music are relatively new in the video game realm, but they are catching on as more options are added.
Google Stadia is just one of the platforms now available in many parts of the world and includes a number of popular titles. Beginning next year, Stadia will be integrated into LG televisions, and the days of needing a separate video game console will end, maybe within a few years as the technology improves.
LG announced this week that it is partnering with Google to bring Stadia to its smart TVs installed with webOS. The integration will begin later this year, making the TV manufacturer the first to natively offer the video game streaming platform through its devices. Those TVs that include Stadia will also offer 4k video and 5.1 surround (available to Stadia Pro users) and come fully ready to start streaming – gamers only need a controller.
LG said in a statement about the new partnership, “Stadia already offers more than 130 games with more being added regularly. Games can be purchased individually or gamers can claim a regular cadence of games to be played for free with a subscription to Stadia Pro, which includes exclusive discounts and up to 4K resolution. Exhilarating gaming with immersive 5.1 channel surround sound and support for up to 4K HDR and 60 FPS makes the Stadia platform a compelling choice for anyone looking for a great gaming experience without the need for an expensive, dedicated gaming console.”