Google is no stranger to the living room, having released its own Nexus Q and Chromecast media streamers in the past in addition to supporting its Google TV platform. A new report claims that the Big G isn’t stopping there, though, as it’s reportedly got a new set top box in the works.
The Information claims to have heard from a Google employee that the company is currently working on a Nexus-branded set top box that runs Android and not only includes support for streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, but plays video games as well. The device will reportedly be controlled by a remote with a built-in touchpad. As far as availability goes, it’s said that this “Nexus TV” box could arrive as early as the first half of 2014, complete with a price tag that’s described as “aggressive.”
We’ve seen a number of Android-powered set top boxes in the past from companies like Logitech, Sony and Vizio, but so far there’s been no such product from Google itself. None of those other boxes were able to gain much traction with consumers, though, so it’ll be interesting to see if a Nexus-branded device made by Google will be able to do better. Would you buy a Nexus TV set top box that supports Netflix and plays video games?