The holidays season is upon us and that means you’ll probably need to entertain guests multiple times over the course of the next month or so. Why not serve up content from Google’s platform built for the living room? Now is your chance to get NVIDIA’s SHIELD set-top box that runs Android TV with a sweet freebie.
The NVIDIA SHIELD set-top box has made its way to the Google Store. Starting today, users will be able to buy the new console for $199.
The selection of Android TV devices is about to expand as the NVIDIA SHIELD and Razer Forge TV set-top boxes near their releases. Both devices are expected to arrive next month and Razer has started taking pre-orders for the Forge TV. The set-top box ships alone by April 29 and has a $99 price tag. The bundle, which includes the Serval controller, costs $149 and ships the following week by May 5. For those not interested in the controller, we suggest that you do get the bundle anyways because the controller costs $79 when purchased alone.
Are you interested in the Razer Forge TV or any other Android TV device? Let us know in the comments why or why not.
[Razer Forge TV] [Bundle] [Serval Controller]
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Add this to yet another leak of the possibly forthcoming set-top box from Amazon. Today we see a leak involving the proposed gaming controller that will come with the box. Reminiscent of an old Xbox controller, the controller looks like it will handle more than just the gaming aspect of things.
From what we can see, the back, home and menu buttons add weight to the rumor that the device will come with Amazon’s flavor of Android on-board. Also,it looks like you’ll be able to play, pause, rewind and fast-forward right from the controller.
We have a few more images for you after the break. Enjoy!
Amazon reportedly will include apps from competing services when it launches its new set top TV box. The launch of an Amazon device to compete with hardware from Roku and others has been delayed since last year’s holiday season. At that time it was reported Amazon had struck a deal to include Netflix. The latest report indicates Hulu Plus has been added to the mix. In addition, support for the DIAL protocol is apparently in the works.
With the inclusion of the DIAL protocol, Amazon’s new device will be in a better position to compete with a device like the Google Chromecast that lets users launch streams from their smartphones and tablets. The device is expected to come with its own dedicated remote as well. Like other Amazon devices, the set top box is expected to be powered by a forked version of Android. This means Google apps, including YouTube, likely would not come loaded on the device.
Does the release of a device giving you access to Amazon’s Prime Instant Video, along with other potential streaming services, interest you?
We have heard it time and time again. Amazon is working on a set-top box… and it gets delayed. But now it looks like next month will be the company’s lucky month. According to Re/code, sources say that Amazon is hoping that March will be the month in which its set-top box is available. Like their Kindle Fire tablets, the set-top box will run a forked version of Android. While there are so many questions still surrounding it, it is also unknown if this product will also be the gaming device that Amazon is reportedly working on. It should be interesting to see just how man capabilities Amazon throws into its first set-top box.