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Unity-powered games coming to Smart TVs
Unity-powered games coming to Smart TVs
February 7, 2012 | By Eric Caoili

February 7, 2012 | By Eric Caoili
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Consumer electronics company LG has inked a deal with Unity Technologies to bring games built on its popular game engine to a new line of Smart TVs.

This collaboration follows another recent deal LG struck with cloud gaming service Gaikai to deliver streaming games through its Smart TVs, and is part of a larger strategy at the company to increase the value of its HDTVs as "all-in-one multimedia systems" by offering an array of games.

It's a plan other consumer electronic companies are pursuing, like Vizio, which signed up for a similar partnership with OnLive, another cloud gaming service, for its HDTVs, Blu-ray players, and other devices last year. OnLive also announced in January that it's integrating its service into Google's own Smart TV platform.

LG's 2012 HDTV models are designed to play video games without requiring additional hardware or accessories from other companies, as they come with a new gyroscopic motion controller called the Magic Motion Remote, as well as a more powerful video processor meant to handle a wide variety of games.

The Korean company is working with Unity Technologies' Union division, which helps developers bring Unity engine-powered projects to new platforms. Announced titles coming to LG's Smart TVs from Union's catalog include mobile ports like Madfinger's shooter Shadowgun and Kiloo's motion-controlled Frisbee Forever.


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Phil Nolan
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The Unity deal sounds great, now if only they'd update the LG TV I just bought with it. On a side note: gaikai is a poor imitation.

Jonathan Jennings
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This is comforting , in a phone interview I had earlier this week a certain console developer was stating how there really was no use for unity outside of moble development

Rey Samonte
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Wow...game development is starting to fragment quite a bit from PCs, consoles, web, handhelds, mobiles, cloud services, and now smart TVs. Next up, Fruit Ninja on the LG Refridgerator. :)

Christian Calderon
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I am happy that Unity will now integrate with LG's Smart TVs, but I would rather see them in set-top boxes.


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