Google Television - Google TV Gaming
Google TV Games
Google TV Gaming
Google TV has a lot to recommend it to to both techies and couch potatoes alike. Movie buffs and television afficianados will enjoy the widescreen experience of the sleek new generation of internet televisions like Sony's google tv or logitech's new google internet television.
Meanwhile, web addicts and internet geeks will fall in love with the ability to search for whatever they're looking for at the moment and have it pop up in their google tv search results. The nice thing about google tv's expansion possibilities is that they're practically limitless. The average google tv user will already be sitting in the room with a device capable of handling anything the web can throw at it, along with impressive streaming capabilities for audio and video content. They'll even have a google tv remote with a full qwerty keyboard ready to mimic all the functionality of a mouse and standard computing keyboard.
Google TV Gaming - Is it Inevitable?
Since many gamers will probably be using their google tv's to play flash games and browser games within the first few hours of owning one, just out of habit, the natural progression seems to be to add major google tv game titles. Could there be any more comprehensive an entertainment system than one that can play music, movies, tv, games, run chat programs, and, as an afterthought, the entire internet?
It will be interesting to see which developers and android development studios begin to step up to design google tv apps and google tv games that take advantage of a few key factors: google television will probably appeal to a more casual audience than specialized gaming consoles which tend to sell well to the younger demographics, peaking at gamers around 24 years old. However,
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Potential Downfalls for Google TV Games
Google TV Games - Where's the Hardware?
One potential downside to google television as a gaming platform is the fact that the first generation of internet tv's are designed with enough processing horsepower to run the web and movies, but not necessarily to render complex 3 dimensional images, vectors, and shading.
Essentially, the first generation of internet televisions were designed with viewing and maybe some light browsing in mind, but they are by no means big rig gaming hogs with specialized cooling functions, two linked 1GB video cards and quad core processors or boatloads of RAM - they are not going to cruise through a resource heavy game like starcraft 2, world of warcraft, half life two, chrysis or any other of the popular pc and console gaming titles notorious for their ability to punish a gaming system.
This might suggest that, at least initially, google television users will be confined to google tv games and google tv game apps that use only the available system resources in a standard internet television - simple games like online chess, puzzle games, or point and click adventures might be the most complex initial offerings in the way of google tv games that we see.
Now, this is not to say that we won't eventually see internet television sets like sony's google tv or logitech's google tv stacked with the standard hardware fare of the world's top gaming pc's. It could very well in fact be the inevitable future of where both of the ever upward tending trends of home entertainment and gaming systems and the internet ready televisions following in the footstep of the first google television set. It might eventually make enough sense from a commercial standpoint to manufacture a single comprehensive enterainment unit that is capable of performing all possible home entertainment tasks in addition to sporting advanced productivity and communications functionality.
The more the market can drive steady demand for such products, the more manufacturers will strive to innovate and offer the most appealing package. Even if Google TV itself were to make a less than impressive debut, it's originating philosophy may well nevertheless define the next few phases of electronics design and production and therefore the consumer culture of electronics use in the home.
Therefore, if enough google tv users request or respond to increased hardware capabilities that allow the google television set to become a gaming console in its own right, we could very well see some interesting new territory opening up in the endless "console wars" amongst companies that produce traditional television gaming consoles. How would a TV that is also a gaming console effect the dynamics of the gaming ecosystem as it currently exists? What kinds of price point posturing and product packaging could we begin to see as competing software, hardware and content companies become paranoid over Google's ability to lock down multiple markets with one iconic offering?
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