It’s hard to keep a secret these days. Google couldn’t keep its set top box under wraps, and today they announced Android TV to the world. Yes, it’s another box in the vein of Roku and Apple TV, but neither of those devices has access to the Play Store.
Android TV is Google’s answer to Amazon’s Fire TV. The other players in the world of set top boxes don’t do gaming, and don’t have voice search so it’s really just a battle between Android and Amazon for the moment. That said, Fire TV doesn’t have the Play Store and more than likely never will so Google has the edge in content.
The Play Store has come a long way since its early days when quality titles were few and far between. Google hasn’t said a whole lot about the game selection yet, but Gameloft has already announced nine titles, including Asphalt 8: Airborne, GT Racing 2, and Modern Combat 4. They are bringing some casual games along as well, so fans of My Little Pony and Despicable Me will be pleased.
As for the hardware, Google has partnered with several companies, but next to nothing is known about the actual boxes at this time. Specs will probably vary by manufacturer, and only one has made an announcement thus far – Razer. Their box will obviously be built for games considering their background, but still nothing on the specs or price.
Google put on a good show for Android TV, but it was a little disappointing that they didn’t spend more time on gaming. We know you can use your phone or tablet as a controller, and a wired controller was shown, but that’s it for now. They did show it running on the Unreal 4 engine, and it was impressive aside from the constantly flashing screen. It’s to be expected, it’s live. Either way, you should definitely be excited if you dig Android games.
Android TV is slated to arrive sometime in the fall, if you want to know more about Googles new platform you can head over to the official site for more info.