LG announced way back in January that it would be bringing Google Stadia Cloud Gaming to its TVs before 2021 was out. Today it has come good on that promise in the nick of time by rolling out Google Stadia to its TVs’ LG Content Stores in the 22 countries – including the US – where Stadia is currently available.
The new Google Stadia app will be available to anyone who owns an LG TV, OLED or LCD, that’s running either 2020’s webOS 5.0 or this year’s webOS 6.0 operating system. If you download the app you’ll have instant access to a library of more than 200 purchasable games, including such hit titles as Cyberpunk 2077, Resident Evil Village, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, Hitman 3, and Baldur’s Gate 3 – as well as a growing list of free games and demos.
The LG TV Google Stadia app will also enable you to subscribe to Stadia Pro, allowing you to claim and play titles from a growing library of 30-plus games, as well as enjoying discounts on other games and add-on content.
The LG Google Stadia app will support graphics in native 4K and HDR, with frame rates up to 60FPS, accompanied by 5.1 surround sound – though the 5.1 audio and 4K resolution will only be available to Stadia Pro subscribers.
Your ability to enjoy 4K at 60Hz on Google Stadia will also depend on your broadband connection, of course. After all, the whole point of Google Stadia is that you play games ‘on the fly’, streamed from a remote server, rather than having to install titles and play them predominantly off a hard drive.
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Once you’re downloaded the Google Stadia app to your LG TV, the only other thing you’ll need to to enjoy gaming on it is a compatible controller. A full list of these can be found on this link.
LG is unsurprisingly keen to use its Google Stadia announcement to remind us again how good its OLED TVs are as gaming monitors, thanks to their fast (1ms) response time and ability to achieve input lag figures in their Game picture preset of barely 10ms with 60Hz sources. The real story here, though, is simply the idea that you can now play cutting edge games directly on TVs as popular as LG’s, with no console or PC middle man. Personally I still like those middle men too much to give them up, but you can certainly see the appeal for many people of taking them out of the loop. Especially given how hard to buy and expensive the latest consoles continue to be.