A little over a week ago, Google began accepting preorders for the Nexus Player, its new Android TV-powered home entertainment device. Now Google is taking orders for the Nexus Player’s most important accessory as well.
The Gamepad for Nexus Player is now available for purchase from the Google Play store. Pricing is set at $39.99, and Google says that the controller will ship in three to four weeks.
The Nexus Player’s controller looks a bit like a mix of PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 controllers. The front of the Gamepad features two analog thumbsticks at its bottom, a D-Pad on the left, A, B, X and Y buttons the right and a trio of navigation buttons in the middle. Up top are two bumpers and two triggers, and around back is a bulge that likely houses the device’s two AA batteries.
We’ve already seen a couple of big-time Android devices come to market and try to offer serious gaming experiences, including the Ouya and Amazon’s Fire TV. There haven’t been any released by Google itself, though, and so it’ll be interesting to see how the combination of the Nexus branding and new Android TV software help the Nexus Player to perform with consumers.
Are you going to buy a Nexus Player? If so, will you be picking up a Gamepad so that you can do some gaming on it?