Update: Google’s Nexus Player is now live for sale at retailers across the web. In addition to vendors like Newegg, head on over to your local Best Buy to get the Nexus Player for $99.99 and the gamepad for $39.99.
Google is rolling out their Android TV powered Nexus Player in a big way. Starting this Sunday, January 25th, you can expect to see the hockey puck of a device on sale at a large selection or retail and online stores.
Nexus Player was brought to life shortly after Android TV was announced at Google I/O last June. At the show, developers got their hands on the ADT-1, a device that can best be described as the developer focused predecessor to the Nexus Player.
The media streaming Nexus Player began selling in the Google Play Store last year for $99. That price will remain through retailers moving forward. Although, much like the frequent sales that can be found for the Chromecast, we expect to see some deals come through for the Nexus Player as well.
One of the Nexus Player’s biggest tricks is the ability to connect its companion wireless gamepad, allowing you to bring your favorite Android games to the big screen. We’ve had the chance to try this out, and while we think the Nexus Player is a great unit, you likely will not be selling your PS4 or Xbox in favor of the Android TV powered unit. The gamepad will also sell through retailers for about $50. (Update: $39.99)
Google is destined to make this a big year for Android TV, and the increased functionality of the device and connectivity with Android 5 Lollipop phones and tablets should continue to add value to the unit.
So, if you are in the market for an Android TV device, but are not a fan of purchasing through the Google Play Store, get ready to head on over to your local Walmart or log into your Newegg account to pre-order your Nexus Player today.
Is increased availability a selling point for you, or is the Nexus Player still not the device you are looking for?