Just two days ago, Sony came out with an announcement of its newest Google TV hardware, being a remake from its initial products. The very next day, Vizio also announced its first stream player for Google TV, the Co-Star. While Sony is pricing its hardware at $199, Vizio is making Co-Star available for just $99.
Co-Star will be made available as a Google TV Box with built-in OnLive gaming from next month. This player will enter as a very serious contender in the market. Vizio is going to pack all the Google TV functionality essentials along with additional apps like Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and iHeartRadio. With OnLive, gamers can now seek demonstration, watch and even play games through the cloud gaming service.
Vizio has progressed to become the leading LCD HDTV company in the United States of America. OnLive also has developed server-based video game processing that allows the games to be played without the need for gaming consoles or high end computers.
The Co-Star set-top box is likely to deliver a smart TV interface that can be added to existing HDTV. The users will be able to experience a whole world of entertainment. Vizio has used its press release as a USP by announcing that the users of Co-Star will have the power to turn any HDTV into the ultimate smart TV.
People can start placing pre-orders for the Co-Star in July. It will be offered with a dual-sided Bluetooth remote with one side featuring a numerical pad and the other side featuring a QWERTY keypad. The box will also offer 802.11n and USB connectivity options.