At its CES 2021 press conference, LG has announced that its 2021 TV line-up will feature cloud gaming services Google Stadia and Nvidia’s GeForce Now.
NanoCell, OLED, and QNED TVs will all support Google Stadia after they launch, via an app on the webOS platform's LG Content Store. It will arrive in the second half of 2021 and, following that, LG will add Nvidia’s GeForce Now which will arrive before the end of the year.
The news means LG will be the first TV maker to natively support Stadia gameplay. The cloud service means you can play huge titles like Cyberpunk 2077 and Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla without waiting for them to download.
Owners of compatible sets will be able to play without using a Chromecast Ultra (Google is yet to update the Chromecast with Google TV with Stadia support). You just need a Stadia controller and Pro subscribers can enjoy 4K resolution and 5.1 surround sound.
When it comes to the new LG range of TVs for 2021, the G1 series is the top-of-the-line OLED model to replace the LG GX from last year. The Korean firm says the OLED Evo is its brightest yet and “the next step in the evolution of OLED TV technology that delivers better luminosity for higher brightness and punchy images with amazing clarity, detail and realism.”
The G1 will come in 55-, 65- and 77in sizes and shares the same processor as the new C1 line – a follow-up to the CX models. The chip in question is the α (Alpha) 9 Gen 4 AI and uses deep learning to enhance upscaling to create the best picture possible based on what it knows about the content including faces, bodies and backgrounds.
We now have some prices and release dates for some of the LG 2021 TV range.
The C1 will be available in 48- up to 83in and is compatible with LG’s Gallery Stand. As is the A1, which is the cheapest way to get an OLED model from LG and comes with HDMI 2.1, the standard you need to play next-gen consoles like the PS5 at 120Hz. However, it uses the older α 7 processor.
We’re still waiting for prices but those on a tighter budget will likely be drawn to the new QNED models, which sit above the standard NanoCell LCD TVs and utilise MiniLED technology. LG calls it a giant leap for LCD quality thanks to up to 30,000 LED and approximately 2,500 dimming zones to improve contrast and reduce blooming.
The QNED range consists of the QNED99 and QNED95 for 8K and QNED90 for 4K in sizes up to 86in. All the 2021 models will have the latest webOS 6.0 user interface.