The Asus-made Nexus Player from Google is an Android-powered console that has been designed to run games and media apps, such as Netflix, from the Google Play store. The console comes with a Bluetooth remote with voice search. If you want to you can also spend some extra cash on buying an optional game controller for the system. The console itself is run via a 1.8GHz quad-core Intel Atom processor, coupled with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage space. The system’s graphics are run by an integrated PowerVR GPU.

The Google Nexus Player is pretty much the same as most other set top boxes, and it brings with it a plethora of entertainment services to your plain, old, boring Television!

In 2015 we will see a barrage of Android TV sets that are going to hit the market, but the Nexus player will allow users to bag the same services via the plug-in system; the Nexus Player connects to the internet using your home Wi-Fi network, and connects to your television set through via a HDMI cable. This is good news if, by any chance like me, you don’t own a TV with any smart features and have to reply upon other sources. With the Nexus Player you’ll be able to access Internet content through the device.

As I mentioned before, you can purchase a gaming controller for the unit, and Google is selling the Nexus Player controller separately for £34.99. The set-top box is available through the Google Play  store priced at £79. It is also on sale at Currys PC World, Amazon, John Lewis and other retailers.

If you don’t yet own Apple TV or a Chromecast, then maybe this could be the sort of device that you are looking for?

[Images via Google]