Sony’s NSZ-GS7 Google TV player is now available for individual purchase in Australia. After a lengthy period where the device was only available as a bundle with certain models of Sony HDTVs, the NSZ-GS7 is available at Sony physical and online stores as well as some third party retailers.
There is no word yet as to whether or not the Australian version is similar to the stripped down version being sold in Europe right now that lacks the ability to search across live TV. It is priced at $299 and is available now.
When Sony first announced its NSZ-GS7 Google TV set top box, the spec sheets indicated that it would support OnLive’s streaming game service. However, Sony is now changing its tune. A company rep recently told VentureBeat that the device would no longer support OnLive’s service.
The news comes shortly after Sony announced its acquisition of Gaikai, an open cloud gaming platform. Despite the statement from Sony, there is still some confusion as to whether or not the Google TV device supports OnLive. According to VentureBeat, OnLive claims there has been no change and that the device still supports their service because it is universally supported by the Google TV operating system.
It is possible that Sony will block the use of OnLive on their specific device due to the Gaikai acquisition, but there is currently no evidence to support this. All that remains is that, for the time being at least, OnLive is currently unusable on Sony’s NSZ-GS7 Google TV set top box.
[via The Verge]
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