The Google Nexus Player is a new Android-based console that is a result of a collaboration between Google and Asus.
It will come packed with several entertainment features, with the obvious addition of being able to play Android games on your television using a gamepad.
While there’s a gamepad designed specifically for the Google Nexus Player, it will not be included in the box. The “precise gamepad for serious gaming” will be available separately for purchase at a price of $39.99.
The reason for it not being included with the main package is probably because consumers can utilize third-party controllers with the console. This way you don’t necessarily end up with dual sets.
According to the announcement, the console will have free online multiplayer and achievements that automatically get synced across all your Android devices. The Google Nexus Player will be available for pre-orders from October 17. Priced at $99.99, it is scheduled to hit retail on November 3.
Below you can find the technical specs announced by Google:
- 1.8GHz Quad Core, Intel® Atom™
- Imagination PowerVR Series 6 Graphics 2D/3D Engine
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB storage
- 18W DC power
- HDMI out (1920×1080@60Hz)
- Micro-USB 2.0
- 802.11ac 2×2 (MIMO)
- Bluetooth 4.1
- 120mm x 120mm x 20mm