September 2, 2014

Vizio announces new Co-Star Google TV box at $99 with OnLive gaming support

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Earlier today, we told you about the revamp of the Google TV home page, complete with new landing page and “How It Works” instructions. We also mentioned a new Google TV device directly from Sony – the NSZ-GS7 - which has our attention for sure. Now, however, we’ve got a new player in the ever-increasing GTV game: Vizio. Known for their affordable HD televisions, the company has now announced the new Co-Star. The Co-Star will be available in July, and will sell for $99. Here’s another thing, though: the new box will have OnLive streaming game service. Why is this worth noting, aside from the fact that it exists in the first place? $99 is the exact price tag of the OnLive MicroConsole, also sold by Vizio. Choosing between the two, which would you go for? We can answer that pretty easily.

The Co-Star includes:

  • 1080p video over HDMI
  • 802.11n wireless
  • USB port for storage and peripherals
  • Bluetooth remote has a QWERTY keyboard on its reverse side
  • OnLive
  • Support for the standard streaming video services including NetFlix, Amazon Instant Video, and YouTube
  • Flash-enabled Google Chrome browser
  • DLNA

Also, thanks to the new ARM processor, the price actually undercuts the original Logitech Revue. Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!

via arstechnica