Back at CES, VIZIO showed off the VAP430, which was a standalone Google TV set-top box. It looks like they re-branded it as the Co-Star. Other than the full blown Google TV experience, it will include VIZIO’s new stream player and OnLive cloud gaming. In fact the Co-Star will be the first steaming player to feature OnLive Gaming. We had a chance to check out Onlive Gaming at CES and it’s pretty cool.
The Co-Star comes with a Bluetooth remote that lets you touch, tap, scroll, and drag. It even has a full QWERTY keyboard. Other features include support for 1080p Full HD, 3D video, Wi-Fi, USB port to connect hard drives, keyboards and other peripherals, and DLNA so you can enjoy photos, music, and movies from any DLNA-enabled phone, tablet, or computer on the TV screen. We can only hope it has the play to feature that was lacking in the Logitech Revue.
We fully expecting a new version of Google TV to be announced at I/O so we’re hopeful the Co-Star will come pre-installed with it. It’s going to be priced at $99 and pre-orders will begin in July with free shipping.
Full press release after the break
VIZIO LAUNCHES THE VIZIO CO-STAR™ WITH GOOGLE TV GIVING USERS THE POWER TO TURN ANY HDTV INTO THE ULTIMATE SMART TV
Irvine, CA — June 26, 2012 — VIZIO, America’s #1 LCD HDTV Company*, announced today the launch of the highly anticipated VIZIO Co-Star™ Stream Player. Using the latest version of Google TV™, the VIZIO Co-Star makes it easy to transform any HDTV into the ultimate smart TV, merging live and streaming entertainment into one intuitive and easy experience. With VIZIO’s new stream player, users get instant access to thousands of apps, full-screen web browsing capabilities—via Google Chrome™ with Adobe® Flash® Player and HTML 5 support—and the best in streaming entertainment.
Unique to the stream player market, the VIZIO Co-Star offers the distinct advantage of connecting to a cable or satellite box. This allows viewers to enjoy live TV along with the web, apps, OnLive cloud gaming, and other streaming entertainment without interrupting what they’re already watching. This integrated experience along with the universal touchpad remote with keyboard eliminates the need to switch TV inputs or remotes to access alternative content and provides viewers with a truly smart TV experience
“Our focus to deliver the best consumer experience continues with today’s announcement of the Co-Star, which delivers a superior smart TV interface that anyone can add to their existing HDTV” said Matt McRae, VIZIO’s Chief Technology Officer. “We combined the powerful features of Google TV™ with an intuitive and easy to use interface, giving users the power to enjoy an entire world of entertainment.”
The added benefit of Google TV’s powerful search feature lets viewers easily browse websites, hunt for streaming movies or locate their favorite TV shows; and with picture-in-picture technology, it can all be done while simultaneously watching live TV action.
In addition to favorite apps such as Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube® and iHeartRadio, the VIZIO Co-Star is the first stream player to offer video games on demand through the OnLive® Game Service. OnLive allows users to demo, watch and play hundreds of top-tier video games directly from ‘the cloud’ via their VIZIO Co-Star, eliminating the need for users to own an independent game console. With easy access to thousands of apps through Google Play, Co-Star offers the most comprehensive stream player available today.
Complementing the overall experience, the VIZIO Co-Star includes a universal Bluetooth® remote with an innovative touchpad that lets you touch, tap, scroll and drag. A full QWERTY keyboard helps users search for their favorite entertainment. Plus, its universal feature makes it easy to control home entertainment devices with one remote.
The VIZIO Co-Star incorporates a number of power user features intended to satisfy the variety of user demands, starting with support for 1080p Full HD and 3D entertainment. Built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi provides easy wireless Internet access without unsightly wires. Integrated USB port connects to hard drives, keyboards and other peripherals. The VIZIO Co-Star even enables viewers to enjoy photos, music, and movies from any DLNA-enabled phone, tablet, or computer on the TV screen.
The VIZIO Co-Star exceeds expectations by combining a definitive user experience with a powerful smart TV platform, resulting in an all-in-one, solution that brings the ultimate smart TV experience to any HDTV.
The VIZIO CO-Star will be available for pre-orders in July 2012 on VIZIO.com for $99.99, with an introductory free shipping offer, while supplies last.