Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Vizio’s $99 VAP430 Stream Player Featuring Google TV with OnLive Could Replace the OnLive MicroConsole

It has been a very big couple of days for OnLive, however that is not yet finished. Vizio has announced a fairly small stream player which will give access to a wide variety of streaming media providers. By connecting the set-top box to the HDMI input on a Television, the device will be able to access Google TV, which will mean access to OnLive. Also note that the VAP430 Stream Player features Wi-Fi and a direct way to display media from mobiles using DLNA. A Bluetooth universal remote with an integrated touchpad is also included, and it has a QWERTY keyboard on the back, similar to the one supplied with the Smart TVs from Vizio.

The ports that this “black box” will feature are pretty standard: Ethernet, HDMI in and out, USB and a plug for the IR blaster. This will enable you to configure your set up as you fancy. The best part yet though, is the price of the VAP430 Stream Player. It will be a modest $99, which should create a good alternative to the OnLive MicroConsole. However, the VAP430 Stream Player will provide a lot more functionality than the MicroConsole. It will be able to utilize any of Google TV’s applications, including Netflix, Pandora, and lots more. With all of this said, note that you will still need an Universal OnLive Wireless Controller to fully use the OnLive cloud gaming service with this device.

SOURCE: OnLiveFans.

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