I was a little scared for the future of Google TV during I/O. The company didn't talk about it during any of their keynotes and there wasn't a lot of developer workshops dedicated to the smart TV software. Worry not, however, as the latest shining beacon of hope for Google TV is set to arrive soon with pre-orders starting today.
Vizio announced today that pre-orders are being accepted for its Co-Star stream player. If you are unfamiliar with the device, it's kind of like the Google TV equivalent of Apple TV. It's a small box that connects to your television to bring all the goodness of Google TV to any TV with HDMI input.
As for the Co-Star itself: It supports video up to 1080p and can even display in 3D for TVs that support it. It also, as Vizio puts it, "offers the distinct advantage of connecting to a cable or satellite box." It's a good thing as the remote that comes with the Co-Star will be able to work in conjunction with both the Co-Star and your set-top box for a seamless watching experience.
The Co-Star features all the usual Google TV apps like Netflix, Chrome, Pandora and Google Play. It's also the first stream player to be integrated with OnLive. If you have a fast enough internet connection, you'll be able to stream PC games through the Co-Star with little to no lag.
Pre-orders for the Co-Star open today with the device being available for the low price of $99. Vizio hasn't announced a proper release date for the Co-Star yet, but you get free shipping if you pre-order now. The Co-Star will be available exclusively through Vizio's online store. If the quality is anything like their excellent televisions, then I can see the Co-Star being a hit among the Google TV fan base.