Along with the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, Google today unveiled the Nexus Player, the company’s official Android TV set-top box made by ASUS. The device, being the first Android TV hardware on the market, will be available for preorder later this month alongside the Nexus 9.

While Google has long been trying to get some screen space on our televisions, its previous set-top box offerings have been nothing more than disappointing. The Chromecast has been a successful project, but Android TV is going to change the game and that begins with the Nexus Player.

The device ships with a remote not too different from the one that comes with the Amazon Fire TV, letting you do voice searches right from the couch. Google is also going to separately sell a gaming controller, which looks like a marriage between those for Xbox and Wii U.

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