Vizio first made its intentions to produce a Google TV box at CES 2012, where the company showed off an unnamed prototype device. The device announced today has 802.11n support, one USB port, HDMI in/out ports, and an option to use a wired Ethernet cable. The Co-Star box will come preloaded with Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, iHeartRadio, and cloud gaming service OnLive as well as all the other perks that come along with Google TV.
Vizio announces its first Google TV set-top box product; pre-orders open up next month
The Co-Star also has a full-featured Bluetooth remote control with all the standard TV buttons (channels, volume, number pad, etc.), a touch sensitive trackpad, quick buttons (Netflix, Amazon, M-Go), full Qwerty keyboard, and gaming buttons. Pretty much anything you’d possibly conceive of doing on your TV is accounted for.
But the biggest selling point of the Co-Star is probably its $99 price, which is competitive to both the Apple TV and Roku 2 XS. By comparison, the recently announced Sony next-generation Google TV set-top box is twice that price.
So, when can you get your hands on this bad boy? Vizio hasn’t said, but pre-orders for the Co-Star open up next month.
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