OnLive shows up in a Sony Google TV-based internet Blu-ray player (exclusive)

OnLive hasn’t announced any deals with Sony yet to get its cloud gaming service into Sony products. But we’ve spotted a very interesting reference to OnLive in a new Sony internet streaming Blu-ray player with Google TV.

As you can see in the specifications section below, OnLive’s gaming controller/universal serial bus dongle are listed as an optional accessory in the Sony device. That means that the device likely comes with OnLive preloaded on it. This is the first sign that Sony and OnLive have a deal in place, and that could be a big boost for cloud gaming. Sony’s new Blu-ray player will is available for pre-order now and will ship on July 9.

OnLive allows players to stream games from remote servers in a web-connected data center, or “cloud.” This means that high-end games can run on low-end machines, since the actual processing and rendering are being done elsewhere. This means that you can play high-end console-quality games on a TV set (embedded with the OnLive app) without the need for a game console. All you need is a controller, like the one listed below. Since this kind of technology has a chance of making the consoles obsolete, you can see why this would be a delicate matter at Sony, maker of the PlayStation 3. OnLive declined to comment on the Sony deal.

Rumors surfaced recently that Microsoft had talks with OnLive about an acquisition, and there was a rumor that Sony’s PlayStation business would announce a deal with OnLive at E3. Neither of those rumors have come true.

OnLive already has announced deals with Vizio and LG, which will both ship TVs with the OnLive player built into them. At the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), OnLive showed how you can find the OnLive app via the Google TV user interface on upcoming TVs from LG.

Sony, of course, is a different animal. OnLive can help enhance Sony’s TVs and Blu-ray players by making high-end games available on TV sets. OnLive’s rival Gaikai announced a deal to provide cloud gaming for Samsung TVs.

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