Sony used its press event to show off two new Google TV devices: The NSZ-GP9 Blu-ray player and stand-alone streaming player, the NSZ-GS7. Last year, Sony lauched a Google TV Blu-ray player and HDTVs. No word from Sony if the HDTVs will be refreshed for 2012.
The differentiator of Sony’s Google TV is its new remote control. One side is what appears to be a standard remote control except it has a touchpad which allows you to perform multi-touch gestures on the screen. On the other side is a fully backlit QWERTY keyboard. The controller also contains a gyroscope for the Wii-mote like motion control (and for gaming). There are also buttons on the side of the controller. In addition, the Blu-ray player’s remote also has a built-in microphone for voice commands (pictures below). Why this is missing from the stand-alone player is a mystery.
Sony would not disclose what chipset is driving its new Google TV boxes. We’ll have wait for someone to do a tear-down.
The new Google TV devices from Sony will run the upgraded Google TV software that was pushed out last fall.