Friday, November 19th 2021

LG To Bring NVIDIA GeForce NOW Cloud Gaming To webOS Smart TVs

LG Electronics (LG) announced a partnership with NVIDIA to be the first TV manufacturer to develop a Smart TV app of GeForce NOW, the premier cloud game-streaming service, for LG TVs running webOS. Boasting large screen sizes, lifelike picture quality and high refresh rates, LG's OLED TVs are a perfect match for GeForce NOW. Currently available on NVIDIA SHIELD, Windows PC, macOS, Chrome OS, Android and Safari browser for iPhone and iPad, GeForce NOW allows gamers to start playing on their LG TVs and continue on nearly any device they own.

The app will be available in beta starting this week in the LG Content Store on select 2021 LG 4K OLED, QNED Mini LED and NanoCell TV models in 80 markets. The app will enable LG TV owners with compatible TVs to instantly enjoy over 35 free-to-play games with just a compatible controller, no additional hardware required. Games include Rocket League and Destiny 2 plus hit titles such as Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy and Crysis Remastered Trilogy, all playable at up to 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second. GeForce NOW Priority members get access to the most advanced platform for ray tracing and AI technologies, streaming from NVIDIA RTX-powered servers in data centers worldwide for the most responsive gameplay and gorgeous, high-quality graphics.
The powerful combination of GeForce NOW and LG OLED TV will mean immersive gaming at its finest. LG OLED's self-lit pixels ensure the most vibrant colors and deepest blacks to make in-game environments and characters more realistic than ever. LG TVs also deliver ultra-fast 1 millisecond response time and super-low input lag for smoother visuals, better control and a key advantage over the competition.

"LG customers are expecting the best when it comes to gaming on a large screen," said Lee Sang-woo, senior vice president of corporate business strategy at LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company. "Partnering with NVIDIA to bring GeForce NOW to LG TV owners is a sign of our commitment to deliver the best gaming experience on LG TVs running webOS."
Source: LG
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25 Comments on LG To Bring NVIDIA GeForce NOW Cloud Gaming To webOS Smart TVs

#1
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
The irony about this is even Nvidia themselves are no longer guaranteeing premium members 60fps...



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TheLostSwede
FreedomEclipseThe irony about this is even Nvidia themselves are no longer guaranteeing premium members 60fps...



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Good thing it says up to then...
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#3
Metroid
This is great news, imagine how many people will use this service. Many people dont want to bother on having a personal computer, they just want to play games and internet around the world with 5G lets them to play games with very low latency. The issue will be the price using 5G data plans with this, too much bandwidth will be needed. Unlimited plan is the only way and in most cases unlimited plans are not good, mobile data must be very cheap to be worth, not seeing many people using this because in the end will be too expensive unless they have an optic fiber plan.
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Octavean
There are lots of problems with this on the face of it. Even if you don't consider the service itself, this is limited to LG OLED 2021 models. Of this sub group that actually qualify there will be an even smaller sub group that actually want to use such a service.
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#5
Dristun
It's nice to see progress in games streaming and it spreading to more and more devices, though on a sad note this probably means that in the end, at some point in the future DIY PC-building will become a much more high-end hobby, with demand at the low-end slowly evaporating along with the hardware itself.
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#6
Franzen4Real
Octaveanthis is limited to LG OLED 2021 models. Of this sub group that actually qualify there will be an even smaller sub group that actually want to use such a service.
When I saw the headline I genuinely wanted to try this out later when I get home, only to then see the 2021 model requirement. Seems strange, if I can stream a 4K Netflix show I don't see why I cant stream a 4K game feed. Perhaps it will roll out to older models later. I'm on my last month of the free 1 year sub they bundled with the launch gpus, so I guess I will never know how well it works.
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#7
cvaldes
OctaveanThere are lots of problems with this on the face of it. Even if you don't consider the service itself, this is limited to LG OLED 2021 models. Of this sub group that actually qualify there will be an even smaller sub group that actually want to use such a service.
You don't need to buy an LG OLED 2021 television for GeForce NOW.

GeForce NOW is also available for Android smartphones, iPhone and iPad, the Nvidia Shield set-top box as well as native applications for Windows and macOS computers. Also supported is Chrome OS (including Chromebooks with 4GB of RAM) and Android TV. At least one Chromecast unit is supported. So basically if you have a recent computer or smartphone/tablet, you can run GeForce NOW.

For this, owners of the qualifying 2021 LG TVs pair a gamepad with their set and off they go. It's worth pointing out that the current LG TV GeForce NOW app only supports 2-channel audio. 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound audio is currently only available with the GeForce NOW 3080 membership which isn't available on the LG televisions. Gameplay resolution is 1080p.

www.nvidia.com/en-us/geforce-now/system-reqs/

Presumably, GeForce NOW will appear on other smart TVs in the near future. This is GeForce NOW's debut as a smart TV app.
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#8
TheLostSwede
Franzen4RealWhen I saw the headline I genuinely wanted to try this out later when I get home, only to then see the 2021 model requirement. Seems strange, if I can stream a 4K Netflix show I don't see why I cant stream a 4K game feed. Perhaps it will roll out to older models later. I'm on my last month of the free 1 year sub they bundled with the launch gpus, so I guess I will never know how well it works.
Most likely due to not enough RAM, possibly too basic SoC. Many smart TVs only have 2GB of RAM and very basic/old GPUs. The downside of having the processing hardware non interchangable in these perfectly usable TVs.
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#9
lexluthermiester
Hard-core pass. There is nothing good about game streaming when compared to local system gaming. Screw that crap. No thank you NVidia. This has Stadia levels of fail written all over it.
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#10
Octavean
cvaldesYou don't need to buy an LG OLED 2021 television for GeForce NOW.

GeForce NOW is also available for Android smartphones, iPhone and iPad, the Nvidia Shield set-top box as well as native applications for Windows and macOS computers. Also supported is Chrome OS (including Chromebooks with 4GB of RAM) and Android TV. At least one Chromecast unit is supported. So basically if you have a recent computer or smartphone/tablet, you can run GeForce NOW.

For this, owners of the qualifying 2021 LG TVs pair a gamepad with their set and off they go. It's worth pointing out that the current LG TV GeForce NOW app only supports 2-channel audio. 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound audio is currently only available with the GeForce NOW 3080 membership which isn't available on the LG televisions. Gameplay resolution is 1080p.

www.nvidia.com/en-us/geforce-now/system-reqs/

Presumably, GeForce NOW will appear on other smart TVs in the near future. This is GeForce NOW's debut as a smart TV app.
Quite right but that isn't nearly the point.

The point is that someone is not going to see the quasi fine print and run home and try it on their unsupported LG 2020, 2019, 2018 etc. WebOS TV with specificity. Maybe even their 2021 none OLED LG WebOS Smart TV. No skin off my nose either way, I'm just saying.
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#11
zlobby
TheLostSwedeGood thing it says up to then...
Yeah, that surely makes it all right in the world... Phew, I'm relieved. So glad companies don't succumb to shady practices.
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#12
bug
OctaveanThere are lots of problems with this on the face of it. Even if you don't consider the service itself, this is limited to LG OLED 2021 models. Of this sub group that actually qualify there will be an even smaller sub group that actually want to use such a service.
That's probably by design. Deploy to a smaller group, iron out the kinks and see if it takes off. No need to bother supporting 100+ TVs from the start, only to discovered you have a dud on your hands.
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#13
zlobby
lexluthermiesterHard-core pass. There nothing good about game streaming when compared to local system gaming. Screw that crap. No thank you NVidia. This has Stadia levels of fail written all over it.
Eh, I gave it a try. It's not half-bad. I mean, it's nvidia but when in a hurry it can make do.

Oh, and only for select 2021 models? Shame my $3000 OLED from 2020 won't qualify. LG seem to have sunk to the level of ngreedia.
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#14
GerKNG
GFN is like any other game streaming service absolute trash and barely playable at best...
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#15
Mussels
Freshwater Moderator
TheLostSwedeGood thing it says up to then...
It's not up-to, if they can never, ever reach it.


I was thinking this was a great move, but i genuinely cannot stand <60FPS gameplay.

I tried 4K60 on my TV and could tolerate it, but frame dips at all just looked nasty.
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#16
watzupken
FreedomEclipseThe irony about this is even Nvidia themselves are no longer guaranteeing premium members 60fps...



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That is the problem with all these services. At the point of sign up, they can advertise as 60 FPS, so on and so forth. But that level of performance is not guaranteed over time. So while the subscription looks affordable as compared to buying a GPU, I am not sure if it is better for gaming in the longer run to just buy a GPU. 50 FPS is still good, but in a game where you can use DLSS, one can probably get more performance with a mid end card.
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#17
cvaldes
OctaveanQuite right but that isn't nearly the point.

The point is that someone is not going to see the quasi fine print and run home and try it on their unsupported LG 2020, 2019, 2018 etc. WebOS TV with specificity. Maybe even their 2021 none OLED LG WebOS Smart TV. No skin off my nose either way, I'm just saying.
My understanding is that LG is rolling out NVIDIA GeForce NOW to select TV models. This was their language in their announcement way back in January. They never claimed a general device-agnostic rollout.

If they aren't idiots, they are only allowing downloads from LG Content Store to units that are actually qualified to run the app, much like Apple's App Store. Thus, the owner of a 2015 LG television set shouldn't be able to download the GeForce NOW app.

I actually own a qualifying unit (LG C1 55" OLED TV from 2021 per my system specs). The beta app is there and I downloaded it earlier today. I have not actually tried to run the app yet. I do not own an LG device that wouldn't qualify.

I assure you that Apple isn't stupid. I've tried to download certain apps that can't run on a given device to no avail. Hopefully LG is equally thoughtful.
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#18
TheLostSwede
GerKNGGFN is like any other game streaming service absolute trash and barely playable at best...
Then we have very different experiences of using it. I thought was alright and it's a year and half since I used it. Not something I'd replace my PC with, but it works when away from home.
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#19
DeathtoGnomes
how many play on their phone plugged into a TV?

I have a LG, forget if its 2021 model, and a steam controller. I'll give it a go someday, soon™.
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#20
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
This is like WebTV.

Actually this makes me vomit.
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#21
lynx29
lexluthermiesterHard-core pass. There is nothing good about game streaming when compared to local system gaming. Screw that crap. No thank you NVidia. This has Stadia levels of fail written all over it.
I actually was reading reviews of stadia and geforce now a few days ago cause I wanted to see how it was, honest reviewers I came across (I only looked at recent ones in last few months) said the same thing the first reviewers said, "its not bad, but you can tell the latency delay and it does ruin quite a few types of genres"/

so yeah, hard pass.
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#22
zlobby
lynx29I actually was reading reviews of stadia and geforce now a few days ago cause I wanted to see how it was, honest reviewers I came across (I only looked at recent ones in last few months) said the same thing the first reviewers said, "its not bad, but you can tell the latency delay and it does ruin quite a few types of genres"/

so yeah, hard pass.
I have a nvidia data center a few miles from me. All works quite well for me, apart the fact it comes from nvidia. Oh, I'm on FTTH and 2Gbps downlink 5G.

I'm at crossroads here. Play decent games at 1080p@60Hz but give moniez to shady ngreedia? What do, bros?
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#23
bug
GerKNGGFN is like any other game streaming service
Not really, afaik, GFN does not require to purchase the game separately before you can play. I don't know how large or small their library is, though. I remember several publishers pulled out when GFN went out of beta, then one or two came back and I didn't follow beyond that. But there are at least some titles you can play for free.
GerKNGabsolute trash and barely playable at best...
If you're playing competitive FPS or Street Fighter, you're probably right. Anything else is absolutely fine with 60fps or less.
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#24
lynx29
zlobbyI have a nvidia data center a few miles from me. All works quite well for me, apart the fact it comes from nvidia. Oh, I'm on FTTH and 2Gbps downlink 5G.

I'm at crossroads here. Play decent games at 1080p@60Hz but give moniez to shady ngreedia? What do, bros?
you are very lucky to live close to a nvidia datacenter, so i'd say just enjoy it. world is ending in 10-20 years anyway, so enjoy yourself mate
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#25
Octavean
cvaldesMy understanding is that LG is rolling out NVIDIA GeForce NOW to select TV models. This was their language in their announcement way back in January. They never claimed a general device-agnostic rollout.

If they aren't idiots, they are only allowing downloads from LG Content Store to units that are actually qualified to run the app, much like Apple's App Store. Thus, the owner of a 2015 LG television set shouldn't be able to download the GeForce NOW app.

I actually own a qualifying unit (LG C1 55" OLED TV from 2021 per my system specs). The beta app is there and I downloaded it earlier today. I have not actually tried to run the app yet. I do not own an LG device that wouldn't qualify.

I assure you that Apple isn't stupid. I've tried to download certain apps that can't run on a given device to no avail. Hopefully LG is equally thoughtful.
Sure,..

However, to be sure, just because some service / app isn't available on an LG WebOS TV doesn't necessarily mean it ever will be available or that the model is incapable (either in hardware or OS) of running it. Fortunately sometimes things do trickle in. As I recall, one of my first LG 4K Smart TV's didn't support HBOGo, Showtime Anytime, StarZ or CinaMax streaming apps. However, at the time other regions outside the US did.

Again, I don't really have any skin in the game but there are those that do.
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