Google Stadia and Nvidia's GeForce Now are coming to LG Smart TVs in the US and several European countries in the second half of 2021. Updated with more information.
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At CES 2021, LG has announced that Google's game streaming service, Stadia, is coming to LG Smart TVs. The app will be available in the US, Canada, UK and Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Belgium.
Stadia is expected to launch on select LG Smart TVs the second half of 2021 together with support for the Stadia controller. LG has confirmed Google Stadia for its 2021 TV models but has not said whether previous webOS-based LG TVs will gain access to the service. Update: LG says that Stadia will be supported on 2020 (webOS 5.0) and 2021 (webOS 6.0) models.
- "At time of launch, Stadia available only on LG smart TVs running webOS 6.0. LG webOS 5.0 TVs will receive the service later this year," confirmed LG.
Google Stadia has not been confirmed for any other TV brands but CES 2021 has just started so we may be getting more announcements soon. Google has previously said that Stadia will be coming to the new Google TV platform in the first half of 2021.
- "After Stadia comes to Google TV, LG will be the first TV manufacturer to natively support Stadia gameplay via webOS," said LG. "Stadia on LG TVs will allow customers to instantly play hit Stadia games such as Cyberpunk 2077, NBA 2K21, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla and Watch Dogs: Legion with just a Stadia controller and no additional hardware or game downloads required."
Google Stadia currently offer free and Pro ($10/month) plans. On top of that, you must purchase games individually. With a free plan you can stream your purchased games in up 1080p60 and stereo sound while the Pro plan gives you up to 4K60 with 5.1 surround in addition to a couple of free games.
LG also announced that Nvidia GeForce Now is coming to some of its Smart TVs. It is expected to launch in late 2021 but the schedule may change. For $5 per month GeForce Now provides streaming access to games that you already own on participating storefronts such as Steam.