At CES 2021, LG Electronics announced that some of its 2021 TVs would support Google Stadia. Now the firm has detailed the specifications in a blog. According to the press release, LG will become the first TV manufacturer to natively support Stadia gameplay via webOS when the support gets extended in the second half of this year. Thus users of LG TVs will be able to play Stadia games like Cyberpunk 2077, NBA 2K21, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, and Watch Dogs: Legion right off the bat on their television.
The company mentions that no external hardware or game downloads will be required to play the popular titles, except for the Stadia controller. LG TV owners would need to download the Stadia app from the LG Content Store to use the service. Still, this facility is applicable for only those countries where Stadia is available.
Apart from its game directory of over 130 games, users will be able to purchase games individually or get a subscription to Stadia Pro. LG is offering a high-quality immersive gaming experience with 4K resolution and 5.1 channel surround sound. It also supports up to 4K HDR and 60 frames per second to enjoy long hours of gaming without owning a gaming console.
The initial launch is expected to hit a small number of countries, like the US, the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, and the Netherlands. According to LG, the Stadia support will be introduced to its WebOS 6.0 software only at first. However, the support will be extended to WebOS 5.0 TVs sometime “later this year.”
This means the LG TVs released in 2020 will get the Stadia support later in 2021 as WebOS 5.0 only runs on the 2020 launches. But this also crosses out the chance for any older LG TV model to support Google Stadia.