Google’s Nexus Player is shipping via the Play Store and the first living room Nexus is getting some love from game developers.
In case you missed it, the Nexus Player is Google’s latest crack at this particular niche, following the affordable Chromecast dongle and failed Nexus Q streaming device. The Nexus Player sports a quad-core Intel Atom (Moorefield) part with PowerVR G6430 graphics. The device sports 1GB of RAM and 8GB of integrated storage, which does not sound bad for $99.
The Nexus Player ships with a voice search remote control and casual gamers can also pick up an Asus gamepad for $39. Now there are a few games to go along with the pricey controller, courtesy of Gameloft and other publishers.
Titles optimised for the couch potato Nexus include: Despicable Me: Minion Rush, Asphalt 8: Airborne, Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour, Modern Combat 5: Blackout, GT Racing 2 The Real Car Experience, Dungeon Hunter 4, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Wonder Zoo, Ice Age Village, World at Arms, Double Dragon Trilogy and Final Fantasy III.
The device has a relatively fast processor and should have no trouble handling the vast majority of Android games. Most of these titles are designed with casual gamers in mind, but that is true of most Android games out there.