Toshiba will bring on-demand PC gaming to smart TVs

Later this year, Toshiba will bring a line of televisions to North America that support cloud-based game-streaming, courtesy of the GameNow service from Taiwan-based Ubitus. At CES 2014, Toshiba had its line of smart TVs on display, showcasing GameNow with the Windows PC version of Street Fighter X Tekken. The service will feature an array of Capcom-published PC games, like Devil May Cry 4, Dead Rising 2 and Resident Evil 5, as well as Warner Bros. games, including Batman: Arkham Asylum, and Arkham City.

OnLive might not be the most successful cloud-based gaming platform, but with Sony’s recent reveal of the Gaikai-powered PlayStation Now, the concept is only gaining more traction. Similar to OnLive’s push for integration with tablets and TVs, Toshiba’s incoming line of smart TVs will also offer game streaming capabilities via cloud-based gaming service GameNow. Toshiba’s press release states that the GameNow-compatible L3400U, L5400U, and L7400U smart TV models are “scheduled to begin shipping” in the first quarter of 2014.

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