Folks digging around in preview builds of the latest Android OS titled 'Android L' seem to have stumbled across what appears to be an early look at a brand new controller made by Google for use with TVs. Against all better judgement, I like it! It looks like a controller. A sleek, well-made controller.
In fact, if you were to show me it quickly, I might mistake it for an Xbox One controller.
The controller, we assume, will be used with Android TV, a service Google showed off at I/O 2014. It appears that plenty of developers have already had versions of this controller arrive as part of Android TV devkits. I'm keen to see what comes of this. A new, relatively cheap gaming option? I can't see a problem here.
In fact, one could argue that a gap exists in the market for a well branded device that does just that: provides gaming for TVs at a cheap price. The Ouya crashed and burned, but Google might have the capacity and the brand to do something special.