Google has finally announced its rival to the Apple TV and the first device to use Android TV.
Google have had a bit of a rocky start with breaking into living room devices with the monumental failure of the Nexus Q and the less than successful Google TV. However the Chromecast has proved to be a huge success for Google, and now they hope to replicate that success with the more powerful and functional Nexus Player.
The Nexus Player console is designed to fit beautifully alongside your current home entertainment setup. It thankfully has departed from the orb style of the Q and is just an attractive flat cirvular design.
The hardware specification is:
- 8GHz Quad Core, Intel® Atom™
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB of storage
- Imagination PowerVR Series 6 graphics
- 11ac 2×2 (MIMO)
- HDMI out
Intel claims that the 64-bit chip is capable of “console-like graphics” alongside 1080p video streaming.
Not dissimilar to the Amazon Fire TV, the Nexus Player will come with a minimalist remote control and an optional gaming controller.
US pricing is $99 and $39 for the controller, which puts it in line with the Fire TV. So immediately we would say this would be a better purchase than the Fire TV as it will offer access to Google Play which for us will be great as we love XBMC, and would prefer not to have to side load it.
Available for pre-order starting on October 17th.