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LG’s new gaming platform streamlines the cloud gaming experience through smart TVs – The Streamable

The line between console gaming and home media continues to blur as LG announced new ways to game on its smart TVs. Not only will the electronics giant integrate a new menu to facilitate video game streaming, but it will also introduce partnerships with two cloud-based companies to offer more than 600 titles to its customers.

LG’s new menu, titled “The Gaming Shelf”, will make it even easier for media-hungry gamers to switch between streaming shows and virtual games. All consumers will need a compatible controller to access new content, turning smart TVs into game consoles at the touch of a button.

The latest services to hit customers’ gaming shelf are Blacknut and Utomik, cloud-based gaming subscription services that promise to add a plethora of games to the platform. September sees the release of Blacknut, which focuses on a family catalog with more eclectic retro games including “Metal Slug”, as well as more plot-driven options such as “Another Lost Phone: Laura’s Story”. The streamer also includes parental controls and allows customers up to five different profiles and cloud-based saves for cross-platform play (the ability to switch between devices without losing progress).

In November, LG will also bring Utomik to the gaming shelf. over 100 additional titles to the platform. Notable Triple-A options include games from the Metro series as well as a slew of indie hits popularized on digital game distribution service Steam.

The gaming shelf will debut on LG Smart TV home screens running webOS 6.0 and webOS 2022.

Samsung is already ahead of LG when it comes to remote gaming and cloud gaming. Its smart TVs have been running the company’s own gaming hub since June, and alongside Utomok it includes GeForce Now, Google Stadia, Microsoft’s latest Xbox TV app, and Amazon’s Luna too.

Netflix has turned to gaming by releasing titles based on its own IP addresses as well as offerings to bring more new titles to the table. While it’s not a hugely successful idea with only an average of 1% of its customers actually playing it, it’s still a big win for gamers looking to counter the growing difficulty of getting their hands on gaming hardware. real.

As Sony ramps up the cost of its latest console around the world, it’s no surprise that many gamers are looking for alternative options to get their fix. Companies like LG and Samsung are doing their best to increase the availability of high-quality games through streaming, turning their smart TVs into competitors against big-budget, industry-leading devices.

It’s likely that dedicated consumers seeking the ultimate in video game graphics and entertainment will not be satisfied by a purely cloud-based marketplace. However, more casual customers may find the Gaming Shelf a welcome addition to their home by providing ways to play some entertaining titles while switching seamlessly between gaming and viewing their favorite streaming content.