Google has had a great deal of success with their inexpensive Chromecast, but today they announced their next product for streaming content to your television. The new device will function much like a Chromecast for the apps you already use it for, but will also include native apps and the ability to play more premium Android games. The device will be powered by a 1.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Atom processor with PowerVR Series 6 graphics. It’ll have 1GB of ram and 8GB of storage. You’ll need to use HDMI to connect it to your TV, and wireless to connect it to your network (no ethernet); on the bright side it does support 802.11ac.
The box will include the player, remote, power adapter, and some AAA batteries – if you want the ASUS controller you see above, that will cost you another $39. The remote will have a built-in microphone so you can say aloud what you want to watch (much like Amazon’s FireTV) and the player will pull it up on (presumably) whichever service has that movie or show.
The main strength of the Nexus Player may lie in its ability to play full Android games on your TV. The player will tie into your Google Play Games profile for multiplayer online gaming and to keep achievements and possibly save data synchronized across devices.
The Nexus Player will be available on November 3rd for $99, or you can pre-order it on October 17th. If you are looking to take your Android game collection to your TV, and play with a normal controller instead of the touch screen, then you may want to look into getting the new device. If your primary need is for streaming video content from various providers then you might be better served by the more affordable Chromecast.