Android TV games

As a part of today's Google I/O 2014 keynote, Android TV was announced, providing a new home for Android on the big screen. Google Play Games will be supported, allowing you to play with your buddies online and compete through leaderboards. You'll also be able to earn achievements in the games you already own. There's also full support for hardware controllers, perfect for those that are looking for a familiar, console-style experience.

Demoed on screen was NBA Jam and Leo's Fortune, but as you can see, there are plenty more titles in the works here. Looks promising no? Could this make Android a proper competitor to gaming consoles?

There's a lot more coming out of the Google I/O 2014 keynote, so be sure to follow along!

 
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What does it play on though? What set-top box or device? i'm trying to figure that out. Does it only come with certain tv's?

NoNexus says:

Are we looking at the end of ChromeCast with this thing? Will it be round?

TomW093 says:

I don't see why they both can't exist, with the Android TV devices for those that want a full set top box experience, and the Chromecast for those that just want to stream content.

mwara244 says:

Just glad It basically turns your tv into an android tablet with a game controller. Sounds like it will be a set top box, not an actual TV that has everything integrated.

Can't believe it took this long for them to get mirror your device to the chromecast, and it still sounds limited.

newboyx says:

Chromecast 'Backdrop' lets you customize slideshow content for your TV http://www.androidcentral.com/chromecast-backdrop-option-lets-you-custom...

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newboyx says:

Chromecast to allow casting without being on same WiFi network http://www.androidcentral.com/chromecast-allow-casting-without-being-sam...

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MERCDROID says:

Considering the improvements Google just made to Chromecast and the price difference, I don't see Chromecast going anywhere.

TenshiNo says:

+1

user7618 says:

"Could this make Android a proper competitor to gaming consoles?"

Not right now, it won't. As much fun as I have playing some of the games on my phone and tablet they just don't hold a candle to current gen console games. That's more on the game developers to make it happen now that they may have a proper platform.

Android: It will make you a sexual tyrannosaurus, just like me.

wezi427 says:

Amen to that.

I'm the kind of guy who stops a microwave at one second to feel like a bomb defuser.

acrewdog says:

I got the impression that this is not a set top box but part of the operating system of the TV itself. As in you would buy a Google TV enabled TV.

garfnodie says:

They mention both embedded and set top boxes.

mtnbiker717 says:

If this has the TV Guide function that my Logitech Revue has, I'm sold. I love that feature! Does anyone know if they are planning on adding that into this?

Sunofabob says:

I'm glad I didn't get a smart TV yet.

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DWR_31 says:

Now Microsoft will have a bunch of commercials saying, "Okay Google".

Posted from my "KNOX-FREE" 4.3 Sprint GS3 Maxx...!!!

ChrisFricke says:

It would be kind of cool I suppose to plug the TV into the back of the XBox so you say "Xbox go to TV" and it opens up the Android TV interface. Then you say "OK Google go to Music" (or whatever). What fun ;)

elcano says:

"perfect for those that are looking for a familiar, console-style experience."
If the multiplayer requires a Google Plus account, then you cannot say that this is for familiar use unless all the family members are 13 yo or older.
Social networks and children do not mix well.