In a flurry of Android Nexus news (including the announcement of a brand new Nexus phone and tablet) Google has announced Nexus TV. It's a device that allows you to play movies and video content much like Apple TV, but it also allows you to play Android games on your TV. In order to do that, it has a pretty sexy new controller.
You can find out more detailed info on how the device works here, but I'm interested in the gaming side. The Ouya, I think we can all agree, hasn't exactly set the world on fire, but maybe this will work as a cheaper way for folks to play games through their TV. Maybe.
I'm thinking about buying one. It's essentially a catch-all device that allows me to stream content to my TV ala Chromecast, and that's super appealing to me. It's powered by a quad-core 1.8GHz Intel Atom processor with PowerVR Series 6 graphics, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. It's going to cost $99 in the US but we currently don't have any details on an Australian price or release date for that matter. Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube and Vevo are all confirmed for the device.
That sexy controller we were talking about? That's going to set you back $40 in the US. Again, no word on how much it will cost in Australia when it gets released.
It seems like an ideal catch-all device for media consumption and it's so cheap. It's got me seriously questioning the wisdom of marketing the Xbox One as the ONE device you need to watch TV and play games because, seriously, how can it compete with a cheap, flexible device that already does what the Xbox One can do (in terms of video content) and more. Focusing on the games — as they've done over the last year or so — is probably a wise move.