What the world really needs right now is yet another Android-based microconsole. The Ouya may have originally ignited consumer interest in little set-top boxes have since taken the world by storm. Just about every single tech-savvy household is equipped with one of the little things, only that’s a lie and nobody actually seems to care about Android micro consoles at all. That, however, hasn’t stopped just about every hardware manufacturer from making one. And now, there’s another.
At its new Nexus-unveiling event, Google and Asus unveiled their brand new Android-powered console, packed with entertainment features, and the ability, of course, to play Android games on your TV, using an optional extra gamepad.
Dubbed the Google Nexus Player, the thing will be available in the US from next month, at an attractive $99 price. It’ll include an integrated microphone, much like the latest Roku boxes, allowing for voice search for entertainment options. If you want to play games, the gamepad will be sold separately for $39.99.
What makes this one somewhat unique is that it actually has full Google backing. According to the company that owns the internet, it’ll feature “stunning 3D graphics,” free online multiplayer and achievements synced across every one of your Android devices.
The optional gamepad, which Google says is a “precise gamepad for serious gaming” isn’t included, because it’ll support just about every 3rd part controller on the planet.
Here are the technical specs:
- 1.8GHz Quad Core, Intel® Atom™
- Imagination PowerVR Series 6 Graphics 2D/3D Engine
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB storage
- 18W DC power
- HDMI out (1920×[email protected])
- Micro-USB 2.0
- 802.11ac 2×2 (MIMO)
- Bluetooth 4.1
- 120mm x 120mm x 20mm
I’m not sold on the very idea of Android micro consoles, but I’ve always wanted to dabble with one as a an “all in one” set top box that could (and rightfully should) make small form- factor HTPC’s redundant. If I can throw all of my media at the thing, run all of my emulated stuff and install and run Netflix, Hulu and everything else, I may actually be keen.
Last Updated: October 16, 2014