We’ve been hearing about Sony’s new line of Google TV-enabled devices for many months, but, until recently, we knew nothing about the gadgets’ pricing and availability. The first piece of information on those fronts came last week, when we spotted Sony’s NSZ-GS7 set-top box up for pre-order at US retailer J&R, which could only mean that the official release is just around the corner.
The retailer’s listing also provided the first piece of evidence on pricing, but, much to our surprise, the pre-order page disappeared soon after. However, we now have some official details coming straight from Sony that confirm once and for all, the device’s US availability, but also its UK and Australian release.
The NSZ-GS7 will be made available first in Australia, where it should start selling on June 28 (this Thursday, that is). Although we’re literally hours away from the release, the pricing details are being kept strictly under wraps.
Sony Australia has announced that it “values” the Google TV Internet Player/remote combo at $350, but there’s no way to know if that’ll actually be the retail price, or if Aussie tech lovers will be treated to some kind of “special offer” or discount. Also, it seems that, for starters, the set-top box will not be made available as a standalone product, but only with the company’s HX-750 and HX-850 TV sets.
Moving on from Australia to the “Old Continent”, the NSZ-GS7 is ready to take the UK by storm starting on July 16. The pricing hasn’t yet been officially confirmed, but all rumors point towards £199 (around $310, based on today’s conversion rates). Fortunately, the Google TV-enabled device will be available in the UK as a standalone gadget from the get-go.
Finally, in the US, Sony’s “Network Media Player” will start shipping on July 22 for the expected retail price of $199. Like in the UK, US tech users will be able to get the set-top box by itself and connect it to any of Sony’s Google TV sets released in the past couple of years.
The NSZ-GS7 will be hitting markets outside Australia, UK and US as well, but for now we don’t have any official release dates to report. Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Mexico are all on the “waiting list” for the time being, but some of these countries may be only seeing the device starting in the fall.
As a quick refresher, the media player will come with HDMI, 802.11n Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity, as well as two USB ports. The remote control that will “team up” with the actual box should be the ensemble’s pièce de résistance, though, as it will sport a touchpad with gesture support, a full QWERTY keyboard, a built-in microphone and a Google Play button for direct access to the app store.
Keep in touch with our website for additional information on the device’s availability and pricing and, for the time being, drop us a comment below and let us know if you’re considering getting Sony’s new set-top box. Is the pricing right? Does it have all the functionality you could want?
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can I install XBMC on it ;)