It was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show that popular HDTV manufacturer Vizio will integrate the OnLive gaming service into HDTVs, tablet computers, Blu-ray players and cell phones.
This reminds me of a question I had from a student when I spoke at Westwood College last summer. His question was something like, “Do you think 3D is the next big thing in gaming for the end of this year ?”
My answer was, “That’s a question about install base. How many people do you know who don’t even have an HDTV yet? Do you really think there will be a significant percentage of people owning a 3D TV soon in this economy?”
The obvious answer to my question was no. But HDTV is the current standard for television, and most new sets sold are HD. I have a Vizio and I see Vizio units in friends’ homes and offices all the time.
If consumers get cloud-based gaming in their homes as an integrated part of a unit they’re going to buy anyway, that’s the quickest and easiest route to a significant install base that’ll make cloud-based gaming a common reality.