Roku Launches Motion-Controlled Game Remote
Roku, the darling of the set-top streaming box market, today (July 20) announced its first motion-sensing game remote along with an updated line of Roku media players.
The Roku Game Remote will be available in the coming weeks as part of a bundle that includes a 2GB microSD card for $29.99 at Roku.com. Players can gesture with the remote to navigate gameplay.
Angry Birds will be the first game built into the palm-sized Roku 2 boxes. Angry Birds Rio and Angry Birds Seasons will be added sometime in August.
The Roku 2 platform offers around 300 channels, including Netflix, Hulu Plus, NBA Game Time, Ultimate Fighting Championship and Pandora. Facebook , AOL HD, and FoxNews.com will be added to the platform shortly after its end-of-July launch.
All three new Roku 2 models feature built-in wireless, Bluetooth for connecting a game remote and a microSD slot to support additional game storage. The $60 Roku 2 HD player supports up to 720p HD video, while the $80 Roku 2 XD player supports up to 1080p HD video.
The top-of-the line $100 Roku 2 XS includes the Game Remote with motion control that has been optimized for bird-slinging action on the big screen, according to a company statement. The XS also features an Ethernet port for a wired Internet connection and a USB port for playing music, videos, and photos from any USB drive.
Roku's plug- and- play ease plus new gaming content make it the most simple and affordable way to bring streaming to any HDTV. And if you want to cut the cord , Roku 2 could make you wonder why you kept that cable so long.
Retailers include Roku.com, Amazon.com, Best Buy, Fry’s Electronics and RadioShack.
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