Game-streaming-enabled Toshiba TVs shipping Q1 2014

Toshiba's new line of smart TVs can stream games using the GameNow service.

PlayStation Now wasn't the only game-streaming service exhibited at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014. Toshiba also announced that in the first quarter of 2014 it will ship a new line of smart TVs that can stream games using the GameNow service.

The Toshiba L7400U, L5400U, and L3400U models all come with GameNow installed, in addition to other apps that are popular on Smart TVs like YouTube, Netflix and Pandora. At the moment, GameNow has deals in place to stream PC versions of Capcom games like Resident Evil 5, Devil May Cry 4, and Dead Rising 2, and with Warner Bros. for Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City.

Ubitus, the Taiwanese company that owns GameNow, has also made similar deals with Konami, Sega, and Square Enix. At E3 2013, electronics manufacturer LG also announced that it's planning to ship Smart TVs that include GameNow.

According to the company's official website, newly registered accounts to GameNow get a 30 minute free trial for each game . After that, GameNow offers different subscription plans or game pack deals.

Sony announced the upcoming PlayStation Now service at their CES 2014 keynote address, and we got some hands-on time with it at the show. The service will allow users to stream a selection of PS1, PS2, and PS3 games to both the PS3 and PS4, as well as the PlayStation Vita, Sony 2014 Bravia TVs, and even mobile and tablet devices. The service demoed well at the show, with no discernible lag even on graphically intensive games.

Polygon reported that the GameNow service didn't work as well, saying games were "playable, but laggy."

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Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Smart TVs are stupid for anyone with a laptop with HDMI and a HDMI cable. And game streaming is so touch and go right now for such low quality games that it seems baffling that they would commit so quickly.

mattcake
mattcake

Yeah yeah. My TV has rubbish like Facebook apps too, and they take so long to load behind hideous menu UIs, run like junk and look awful because they're never actually updated. This sort of thing will always be the responsibility of a fast, external, commonly updated box. Like a PC or console. TV manufacturers need to learn their place in the food chain and stay in it, but sadly they know they can only get so big or flat that they need to offer other stuff instead to entice people to upgrade.

Ahiru-San
Ahiru-San

"no discernible lag even on graphically intensive games" -- wow most HDTVs have horrid hardware, just try to navigate in their own menus and such… how will they be playing games? honest question, really...

obsequies
obsequies

no mention of a controller. I don't think actual gamers would go for this plus the softcore or whoever probably won't want to spend the extra money on something thats crap

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

"Play with no boundaries" yeah right cloud gaming has the most boundaries of all.

GreenvaleXYZ
GreenvaleXYZ

This is becoming the most irritating transition period in gaming I have ever experienced.

Death_Masta187
Death_Masta187

and people where like "you are nuts" when I said this is the last gen of consoles as we know them. I will just launch the xbox app or PS app on my TV to play my games. This wont really be viable for at least another 5 more years though, because most of the ISPs (in the US at least) suck so much balls. You need good internet to stream games over the internet and most of the US just isn't there yet. This is why onlive failed. I really think in home cloud gaming is the step we need to take before we take it to the net.

StHapns247
StHapns247

This makes me long for the days when the only thing I had to worry about was an always-online console.

DVONvX
DVONvX

I knew that all-digital streaming for gaming was in the future. It seems to be happening faster than I thought though. Maybe this will be the last console generation. The next next gen may just only require you to purchase a new TV. 

isildor81
isildor81

like the idea to play if possible recent titles not woth buying, but if the price doesnt compete with steam sales, gamersgate or amazon sales this could be a fancy feature for casual players

vader501st
vader501st

I wonder what's the quality like. Especially because we're talking about the PC version of those games, which are demanding to this day to max out.

VagrantChrisX
VagrantChrisX

more options are better. It'll make for better competition, pricing, availability and finally better service. Everyone always wants to be the best, so let them try. Monopolies suck, cause we the consumer are the one's who suffer. Bring it on Toshiba, let's see what you got.

Faye_Tallity
Faye_Tallity

Wow, we're becoming so game obsessed. Wow. This is a bad idea though..If that were my only way to use the service, & an act of god kills my television, then...no "Game Now" It'll be "Game some other time" 

Vinnvn
Vinnvn

Looks like Toshiba is entering the game industry from the back door, good luck Toshiba.

catsimboy
catsimboy

Hopefully it has the capability to install other software for other services. It would suck to buy a TV linked to one service only for that service to go belly-up.

xtraflossy
xtraflossy

@Ahiru-San They wont.  That's not really how these things work.

Most of what happens is the TV simply displays what a remote computer is doing (running the game). Kind of like a dvd player does the work and sends it to the TV.

Ahiru-San
Ahiru-San

@obsequies  their website sates this: "Need any of the following GamePads to play GameNow service:

-Logitech F310, F510, F710, Rumble-Pad2
-Joytron Rumble Power, Rumble Power2"

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

@Death_Masta187and you're only talking about the US. Imagine how horrible the connection is in all of the third world countries.

crazywolf5150
crazywolf5150

@StHapns247 I'm telling you, it's the aliens! It's all a conspiracy of aliens and secret governments! It makes me long for the days when the aliens built the pyramids.

Nice avatar, btw.

Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

@DVONvX Realistically though how many people, especially if they have a fantastic TV(s), would be willing to change their TV just for the games? It's a major ticket price bump over just buying a box to put under the one they already own. If you have multiple gamers in a family used to playing at the same time in separate rooms then the investment skyrockets. Chances are most would still opt for an add on box, even if it's just the kit to allow the streaming.

noirtenshin
noirtenshin

@DVONvX yea it will have Tegra K1 with a SSD with 500 Gb as a storage device, that will be enough for keeping, streaming and upscaling the media to 4K. Now just add a wireless keyboard and mouse / controller and you should be able to play games from all gen from various platforms.

KBABZ
KBABZ

@DVONvXI was similar with 3DTV. I thought I'd have to wait until I'd be in my 50s until it popped up.

Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

@vader501st The kit that runs the games can be anything, right up to the highest spec, so the quality on the TV would be pretty much entirely based on the quality and speed of the connection and the resolution of the stream. (The article does clearly state it would be PS1, 2 and 3 games mind you).

fatee
fatee moderator moderator

@Vinnvn Toshiba is an massive company. There storefront may not be very big, but there is a ton of other brands that use their technology. 


Vinnvn
Vinnvn

@perceptive_yoda No, your are first to troll here...there is still hope...



Don't give up yoda.

Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

@xtraflossy @Ahiru-San Yup, so really lag, or the lack of it, will be down the speed of uploading and downloading the data, so they can't really promise the same experience for everyone as their connection speeds will vary. It also has to be fast both ways as having fast download but poor upload speed will create lag on your controller input.

GreenvaleXYZ
GreenvaleXYZ

@deth420@GreenvaleXYZ It's good that you see a positive side, but I respectfully disagree.  Back when the original Playstation and N64 came out, THAT was an exciting transition.  The move to 3D, the possibilities, the surge in creativity, it was so great.  This, what's happening now... it's nothing like that.  It's not about new ideas in actual gaming.  It's about finding the most lucrative model for distribution, and a costly graphics arms race.  These guys aren't trying to take gaming to the next level.  They're trying to give the lowest common denominator gaming demographic what it expects, for maximum profit.  My only hope is with the independent developers, they're all hammering away, keeping the spirit alive.  We have to support them, because "the industry" is so far gone now.  Well, I guess we'll see how it goes.  Cheers to you.

Chronologo
Chronologo

@Carpetfluff The last bit you wrote is about the PS Now, which is mentioned in this article but this is about the GAME NOW, which is a completely different service from another company.

deth420
deth420

@fatee @Vinnvn yeah, and i was reading they bought ocz. tv, ssd, game streaming. see what else they'll throw in.

blitzinD
blitzinD

@Gelugon_baat@GreenvaleXYZ


If the gaming "Indie model" follows the same path as indie record companies. The major players rarely allow the indies to get successful  enough to let things go to their heads before they are bought out and no longer indie.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@GreenvaleXYZ 

While I agree with mostly what you say, I wouldn't be cheering the indies on. There's no guarantee that the indies would not be just as greedy, especially when success goes to their heads.

korvus
korvus moderator

@GreenvaleXYZ I get all misty eyed when I see someone here using the words "respectfully disagree". Well, at this point I'm pretty much grateful when a counter-argument doesn't start with "you're a moron" =P Well done ^_^