Search giant Google has detailed its competitor to Amazon’s Fire TV with the announcement of its own Android set-top box.
The Nexus Player runs on Google’s new Android TV platform and expands upon the streaming properties of the existing Google Chrome by providing dedicated hardware to run a number of apps – including games.
It will offer an optional controller, too, for the existing library of Android software. A mini-remote is included in the box that, among many things, integrates a microphone for voice control.
The Nexus Player itself, which houses 8GB of internal memory and a 1.8GHz Intel quad core processor, will cost $99.99, with the controller priced at $39.99. US pre-orders will start tomorrow (October 17th) with the device releasing on November 3rd.
A European date has not yet been announced.
Amazon’s device also offers an optional dedicated games controller and despite its insistence that Fire TV is absolutely not a games console” the company continues to bolster its games development arm Amazon Game Studios.