Google TV Will Have Onlive-Powered Cloud Gaming
Just before E3, the web lit up with rumors that Sony was planning a partnership with, possibly even a buyout of, a cloud gaming service, supposedly either Onlive or Gaikai. Gaikai turned out to be the winner of that rumor, with Sony paying a reported $380M to buy them outright. While we have no doubt Sony got the deal they wanted, we now might have a little more insight into why they went with Gaikai instead of Onlive; it has been announced to day that Onlive will be partnering with Google to bring cloud gaming to Google TV.
Onlive will be teaming up with Marvell to create a system based on Marvell’s ARMADA 1500 chipset. This makes sense as Google TV already utilizes ARMADA 1500, but it confirms that Google TV’s gaming platform will be tailor made. No word yet on when the partnership will bear fruit, but once it does it’s likely to be a boon to sales of Google TV; at least, it just gave me a reason to put off investing in Apple TV until I get a chance to test this out.