Good news for cloud gamers: The LG OLED, QNED Mini LED and NanoCell will integrate apps for both Google Stadia and GeForce Now.
This means that you won’t need a Chromecast Ultra or an Nvidia Shield TV on the TVs to indulge in cloud gaming. Instead, it will be possible directly via the TV’s own apps. Unfortunately, it is unclear whether LG will roll out Google Stadia and GeForce Now for older TV generations as well. That would be technically possible with certainty. Often the manufacturers are not so behind when it comes to maintaining older models. So you have to be surprised.
According to LG, GeForce Now will be available for its latest generation TV in the course of 2021. At Stadia, things will be a little more precise, because it should be in the second half of 2021. It is also stated that Stadia will only start and that Nvidia’s game streaming service will be the laggard. LG is the first manufacturer here to heave GeForce Now directly onto its televisions. At Stadia you are not completely alone, because Sony is also allowed to integrate game streaming directly into its TVs, since they use Android TV with the Google TV cover.
As I said: Unfortunately, LG has not yet made any statements about older TVs. This also applies to the new Game Optimizer, which will be part of webOS 6.0. That should bundle the most important settings for games. For example, there should be quick access to VRR and other features such as AI Game Sound and AMD FreeSync Premium. This is also shown in the screenshot above.
Games remain a major focus for LG
LG has been promoting its TVs as contact points for gamers for a while now. That was one of the reasons why they were the first TV manufacturer to opt for HDMI 2.1 on a large scale. This is also becoming an increasingly important incentive to buy, as the next-generation consoles Sony PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X HDMI 2.1 are now finally using.