Earlier this year Google showed off its new software platform through which it hopes to take over your living room once again. Android TV seemed pretty impressive when it was unveiled back at I/O 2014 and now the first set-top box powered by it has been announced. Google and Asus have developed the Nexus Player set-top box which comes with a remote that has voice search capability.
It does what almost every other set-top box can do. Using the Nexus Player users can stream movies, videos and music. Google’s own content stores are used here so if you already use an Android or Chrome OS device transferring your purchases won’t be much of a hassle.
Nexus Player isn’t just about streaming media though. Its an Android gaming device as well. You will be able to play Android games on the big screen using this device. Google will sell a controller separately. This concept is nothing new, Amazon has already done something along the same lines.
The set-top box is powered by a 1.8GHz quadcore Intel Atom processor and has support for 802.11ac 2×2 (MIMO) Wi-Fi. There’s an HDMI out for hooking it up with your TV. Google Cast support is baked into the Nexus Player so you can instantly cast media from Chromebooks, Android or iOS devices to the TV.
It will be available for pre-order on October 17th and will be available from stores starting November 3rd. Google has not yet revealed how much the Nexus Player is going to cost.