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Jan 12

CES 2012: Your newest gaming console is your TV

Gakai Game ServiceFlat screen TV gaming has been pretty limited with built-in apps. Maybe an Angry Birds here or there, but for the most part it’s been limited to board games and classic puzzlers. For any serious gamer, getting graphics and gameplay on the big screen has required a separate gaming console like the PS3, Xbox 360, or Wii.

LG‘s looking to change all that with a brand new app on their upcoming flat screen TVs that takes advantages of Gakai, a cloud-based gaming company that has been offering browser-based preview and play of popular games like Dead Rising 2, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Bulletstorm, and others. By storing and streaming game information from Gakai’s servers, LG’s flat screen TVs are able to provide high-quality gaming experiences without the need to add bulky hard drives or built-in disc readers.

Just in case you were wondering how graphics were, 3D versions of many of the games were reported to be available for streaming. Whether this spells the end of all but the best gaming consoles is anyone’s guess (mine is probably not), it’s still an amazing service for those who have trouble deciding if they want to Kinect with an XBox, Move with their Playstation, or… Nunchuck with their Wii.

There’s really not a great verb for that one, is there?

via Engadget
Check back daily! We’ll be covering the CES conference before, during, and after to give you the preview of the next superstars in consumer electronics.

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