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OnLive To Be Built Into Vizio HDTVs And Other Products

by Phil Kollar on Jan 04, 2011 at 01:00 AM

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Game streaming service OnLive started making a lot of noise at the end of 2010 with the launch of its microconsole and its surprising new subscription plan. Now the company is kicking off 2011 with another big announcement: a deal with electronics manufacturer Vizio that will see the OnLive service built in to a number of products, including future Vizio HDTVs.

Vizio and OnLive announced the partnership at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The OnLive service will become an Internet app available on a number of Vizio products, including HDTVs, VIA tablets, VIA phones, and Blu-Ray players. OnLive CEO Steve Perlman says this will mark an important first in the world of gaming:

"Today’s OnLive/Vizio announcement marks a major milestone: for the first time in the history of video games, consumers will be able to enjoy premium video games directly on a TV, no console or computer needed. Vizio's innovative and cutting-edge technologies are ideally aligned to complement OnLive’s vision for the future of entertainment and together we look forward to providing a wealth of rich-media, interactive content to consumers this year."

Vizio devices running OnLive will be demonstrated during CES. We'll update with impressions if we have a chance to check it out at the show. Does the thought of purchasing a new TV or laptop with OnLive built into it increase your interest in the service?