Today has definitely been a busy one for those waiting on the new Nexus devices to hit the Play Store, or at the very least, get announced. Well alongside with the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and an updated Nexus 5, Google also announced the Nexus Player. This is a device that is designed to be a welcome addition to your home theater set-up. With Android TV being announced at Google I/O, earlier this year, there were no devices that actually were running Android TV. That’s no longer the case with the Nexus Player.
When it comes to specs, the Nexus Player is surprisingly sporting an Intel Atom Quad Core process clocked at 1.8 GHz, with an Imagination PowerVR Series 6 Graphics engine. There will also be 1GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard storage. We can only assume this amount of storage is so that users will be able to keep a certain amount of movies/game/tv shows on the Nexus Player itself.
In regards to the Nexus Player allowing for gameplay, via the controller, users will be able to use the Nexus Player with multi-player games thanks to Google Play Games. Also, you will be able to track your achievement progress as you are playing, through your Android phone, tablet, as well as the Nexus Player itself.
When the Nexus Player is launched, the usual suspects of supported applications are there, i.e. Netflix, YouTube, Pandora, HuluPlus, and Plex, but a couple of popular video streaming options such as WatchESPN and HBO GO aren’t in the starting lineup. This leads me to be a bit weary, but if I can cast from Android device to the Nexus Player, I wouldn’t be worried too much about it. Only time can really tell.
The Nexus Player, available for preorder on October 17th, but not available until November 3rd, will be rivaling Amazon’s FireTV in regards to the ability to play games from the Play Store via a controller that can be purchased separately. The Nexus Player, with a controller capable of voice search, will be available for $99, and the additional gaming controller for an additional $39. Will you be preordering or purchasing the Nexus Player? Let us know your thoughts on Google’s new device in the comments below.