LG has announced a partnership with Nvidia to become the first TV maker to develop a smart TV app for the company’s cloud game streaming service, GeForce Now.
The TV maker says in its press release that the app will launch as a beta in the store, but also points out that it should be “fully functional with no restrictions on features or services”. While LG has indicated that a full list of TVs compatible with the GeForce Now app will be released at a later date, the company has so far confirmed that the beta will be available on “select 2021 LG 4K OLED, QNED Mini LED and NanoCell TV” will be models in 80 markets. “
At release, LG says its GeForce Now TV app will feature a number of different games, including Rocket League, Destiny 2, and the recent Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy release. Additionally, the company has also said that accessing these games through the app should be playable at resolutions up to 1080p and at maximum frame rates of 60 FPS, depending on which GeForce membership you choose.
Interestingly, LG has confirmed that those with compatible TVs can jump into over 35 free-to-play games using the app with a compatible controller and no additional hardware. This list is significantly smaller than the list of free games available on GeForce Now quoted by Nvidia, which is said to contain nearly 100 different titles. It is not yet clear whether the difference between the number of games reported on these lists is due to the TV app itself or more of a factor related to options regarding compatible controllers for LG TVs.
While LG will be the first company to launch an Nvidia GeForce Now app on smart TVs, it is nowhere near the first platform that can host the streaming service. The smart TV app will join a long list of GeForce Now providers including Nvidia Shield, Windows PC, macOS, Android, Chrome OS, and Safaris Browser for iPhone and iPad.
For more information on Nvidia, see this article, which describes the new tier of membership that Nvidia has added to GeForce Now that allows subscribers to experience games with an RTX 3080 graphics card without actually having to physically own one.
Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him Twitter.