The Vizio Co-Star will have support for HDTV’s up to 1080p, 3D support, USB, and HDMI input and output. The Vizio Co-Star will come with the Chrome web browser which supports Adobe Flash allowing for users to be able to play Flash based games as well as view Flash based websites. Aside from the web browser the Vizio Co-Star comes with OnLive, a subscription based online gaming service that users will be able to use to play games such as Assassin’s Creed. The set-top will also have Netflix which will allow users to watch movies and TV’s shows on their TV as long as they have a subscription to Netflix that starts at 7.99 a month. User will be able to enjoy movies and TV shows from Amazon Instant Video which will cost 1.99 to 3.99 to rent movies and 1.99 to purchase TV shows.
For those of you that really would rather watch random cat videos, the Vizio Co-Star does come with its own YouTube application. User will also have access to the Google Play Store giving users more applications; movies TV show to choose from.
The Vizio Co-Star seems to be Google’s way into consumers homes with a low-cost set-top box. At the moment the Vizio Co-Star is available for pre-order from the company’s website for $99.99 with free shipping for a limited time. While I think that the price is just right for consumers to almost consider it an impulse buy, I do wonder if it will sell well since it’s not yet known whether or not Vizio will sell the device in retail stores. The Vizio Co-Star is also going up against the Roku box which starting at $49.99 is cheaper than the Co-Star and has a lot of the same applications such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, Crackle and Amazon Instant Video, but only time will tell if this will be Google TV’s chance to steal some of the spotlight away from some of the more established players.