We love a good microconsole as much as the next gamer, and we’ve  had our eye on the Android TV box since we learned about it over the summer. Today, Google went and made things official by announcing the Nexus Player.

The Android TV platform will come in many forms, but the Nexus Player looks to be the first true set-top box to hit the streets. It’s an ASUS made device, and it’s essentially a super-charged Roku that runs Android and can let you game out. It does not resemble the “old” version of Google TV in any way, shape or form.

Like the Fire TV, Roku, and Apple TV, the Nexus Player is a media stream first and foremost. It comes with a nifty remote that lets you control things with your voice, and it will be able to stream content from sources like Netflix, Hulu Plus, PBS Kids, YouTube, Pandora, Plex and TED. There are some obvious omissions like HBO Go, but we’ll assume that will be added in the future.

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On the gaming side of things, we still don’t know how many games the Nexus Player will work with at launch. The only details mentioned were free online multiplayer through Google Play Games and achievement tracking across your phone, slate and player. As for the specs, here you go…

  • 1.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Atom
  • PowerVR Series 6 Graphics
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8GB of storage
  • HDMI out   –   Micro-USB 2.0
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1
  • 120mm x 120mm x 20mm
  • 235grams

We expect to learn more about the Nexus Player and its gaming catalog before the end of the week, and it’s expected to cost $99 when it’s released. There’s been no word on how much the controller will cost yet, but we’re guessing $30-40 bucks. Pre-orders for the Nexus Player begin on October 17th, and the box is expected to become widely available around the first of November.

Source: Google