Google TV 2.0 on LG’s 3D LED
Yes, Google TV is back. (You didn’t expect them to give up that easily, did you?) Version 2.0 popped up on a number of sets at CES, including models from LG and Vizio. (Samsung reportedly plans to build the feature into select TV models, but I didn’t encounter any during my dash through its CES complex.) Google TV 2.0 will also show up in Blu-ray players and standalone media receivers from Vizio and Sony.
Why should you care about GTV 2.0? Cloud-based gaming, for one: Vizio’s V.I.A. PlusTVs will include the OnLive streaming service, which lets you play games like Assasin’s Creed Revelations and Batman: Arkham City from its 200-title library using wireless or USB-connected controllers. The Google TV-specific remotes that I checked out from LG and Vizio also looked like huge improvements over previous designs, physical interaction being key to a satisfying Web/TV experience.