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Google TV gets OnLive cloud gaming via LG deal

OnLive, a cloud-based gaming service, will now be available to Google TV users in the US as part of a deal with electronics manufacturer LG.

LG is currently building its G2 series of Smart TVs, which will have Google's TV service built in. OnLive allows users to stream video games without the need for additional hardware.

"We are proud to be working with OnLive to deliver an incredible home entertainment experience with a full range of interactive viewing and gaming possibilities on LG G2 Series TVs," said George Rasinski, director of Home Entertainment Brand Management at LG Electronics USA, according to MarketWire.

To be able to play games, users just need to buy a wireless controller that, in the US, costs about $50 (£31). Popular games available via OnLive include Sleeping Dogs, Darksiders II and Civilisation V.

OnLive has lurched into some troubled waters over recent months, after reports emerged that scores of employees were laid off cutting the workforce by more than half.

Some feared that the firm was shutting down altogether, after its founder Steve Perlman sold the company's assets to a venture capital group for $5m (£3m). Early investors and employees were furious as it meant that their shares were wiped out. Perlman left the company soon after.

There is no indication of when the OnLive for Google TV will be available in the UK, but given that the search giant has been rolling out updates to its smart home entertainment service of late, it's not a stretch to think that it will be sooner rather than later.

Google Play films and music arrived on Google TV earlier this week, while another recent update brought improved voice search functionality.