Vizio's $99 Co-Star Available for Pre-Order

Vizio’s Google TV-based Co-Star Stream Player is now available for pre-order for $99 on the company’s site. Co-Star, the latest in a new round of Google TV gadgets, is the cheapest device yet to use the search giant’s Web-meets-TV software.

You can use the Co-Star in typical Google TV fashion including to browse the Web on your TV, download apps from Google Play, watch online video such as Netflix, Amazon Video on Demand, YouTube and M-Go. But forget about watching Hulu Plus or accessing online content directly from some network websites. Hoping to add more value for your $99, Vizio also added OnLive gaming support to the Co-Star, letting you play games such as Civilization V and Batman: Arkham City on your big screen TV via the set-top box.

The Co-Star is a 4.2-inch square device featuring one HDMI out, one HDMI in, one USB 2.0 slot, and an Ethernet port. The device is also packing 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and supports 1080p screen resolutions. It is 1.6 inches high.

The set-top box will work with the Google TV Android remote apps, but the Co-Star also comes with a dual-sided remote. One side features a TV remote including one-touch buttons for Netflix, Amazon Video on Demand, and M-Go. The reverse side features a full QWERTY keyboard and gaming pads. The Co-Star remote is designed to work with some OnLive games, but for a complete experience you’ll need to get the $50 OnLive universal wireless controller.

Vizio is currently showing an estimated ship date of August 14 for the Co-Star.

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