Google Cuts Price Of Nexus Player To $70 Ahead Of I/O Conference

Patience isn't just a virtue, it's also a money saving tactic. More evidence of that comes in the form of a $20 price cut to the Nexus Player in the Google Store, which brings the total down to $79 with free shipping. Tack on another $40 if you also want the Gamepad, an optional accessory that isn't on sale. It also comes with free shipping, so you're looking at $119 for both.

The Nexus Player is a streaming media device built by Asus for Google. It runs the new Android TV and is powered by a 1.8GHz Intel Atom quad-core CPU and Imagination PowerVR Series 6 graphics. Think of its as Google's answer to Apple TV, Roku Player, Amazon Fire TV, and any other streaming boxes (or sticks) you can think of. Compared to the competition, the $79 price tag is a pretty good deal.

Nexus Player

Other specs include 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, 802.11ax 2x2 (MIMO) and Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity, HDMI output (1920x1080 @ 60Hz), and a micro-USB 2.0 port.

Using the Nexus Player, you can cast videos from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop to your TV. You can also use the Google Cast app to stream services like HBO Go, Spotify, and Watch ESPN, to name a few. There's a bundled remote that you can bark commands into, and if you pick up the optional gamepad, you can hit up the Google Play Store to download and play games.

What's interesting about the price cut is the timing. Google's annual Google I/O conference kicks off later this week, and it's feasible that this is an attempt to clear out inventory in preparation for a second generation model.

Either way, it's a pretty good price, and you can even save a few more bucks by picking it up at Amazon, which is selling the Nexus Player for $71.96. Otherwise, here's your link for buying it direct from Google.