While it is uncertain how many people actually want to leverage their streaming boxes as gaming devices, the fight for streaming supremacy between Google and Amazon isn’t going to allow either to give ground to the other.
The Gamepad for Nexus Player is available again in the Play Store today after the previous launch saw it available for pre-order, then sold out and finally simply unavailable for a time.
For $39.99, the Gamepad brings Android gaming to your Nexus Player. You can connect up to four of them to your Nexus Player via Bluetooth if you are looking to battle it out in person against a group of friends.
I have no doubt the controller — made by ASUS — is a high quality product, but the question remains how many people want to play their Android games on the big screen. Hardcore gamers likely already have a console or PC gamers that are Android fanatics would buy the NVIDIA SHIELD Portable or Tablet for this purpose. That leaves casual gamers as the target, and I’m just not sold on their willingness to shell out $39.99 for the gaming experiences available right now via the Nexus Player.
For those of you buying the Nexus Player are you planning to purchase the Gamepad as well? What games are you looking forward to playing on it?
Regardless of whether you are buying into the Nexus Player, do you think it is a smart long term play to keep gaming as part of the ecosystem even if it is a little lackluster at launch?