Xbox 360 is one of the best gaming consoles developed by Microsoft, this is a modified version of the original Xbox. You can play games with best quality graphics and with its Xbox Live feature online games can be played or downloaded. You can also stream music, videos and shows directly from your PC and do much more with third party apps that are available to download in its own app store. It comes with wireless controllers which are easy to use and feel comfortable in your hand, also it has a Kinect motion sensing camera and a different version with extended hard drive storage is also available. Till the end of June 2014 over 84 million pieces were sold worldwide making this console sixth highest selling video game console ever. Xbox 360 makes playing your favourite games more fun and is a great specs overall.
Caavo is a company that provides set top boxes that are simply the best, it comes with a 4K UHD base unit which has a customizable wooden case, a rechargeable remote, cable set including HDMI and Ethernet cables, and more. It comes with a lifetime service which has unlimited phone and email support. You can simply plug anything from cable, satellite, sticks, gaming consoles, DVD or Blu-ray players into Caavo and it does the rest. It comes with a 30 day return guarantee if you are not satisfied. It has tons of features like Amazon Alexa support from which you can change your channels or find the shows you want to watch with voice control. It has a flexible setup as it automatically detects and configures your device, it is AVR friendly and you get high definition surround sound. Do note that Caavo does not supports 4k UHD but not HDR. It is a very lightweight device and a must have tech to own.
Oculus Go is a VR headset made by an American Technology company founded by Palmer Luckey, Brendan Iribe, Michael Antonov and Nate Mitchell in July 2012. This company is based in Menlo park, California. It specialises in virtual reality software and hardware products. Oculus Go is basically a video gaming VR headset that was first announced at Rift and a Kickstarter campaign was started which raised over $2.4 million for the development of of two designs. However, the final product was released on 28 March 2016 which had a completely different design, specialised VR Display, positional audio and infrared tracking system. Oculus Go is developed in partnership with Qualcomm and Xiaomi. Being a stand alone headset it comes with a controller and has two storage configurations available, one with 32GB and the other with 64GB. The headset doesn’t have any headphone jack but it has two spatial audio speakers build inside the head strap. Oculus Go’s user interface is available in 25 languages.
Android Auto is a app made by Google which mirrors the features of an Android device in a car in-dash entertainment head. Android Auto App was first released on March 19, 2015 as a part of Open Automotive Alliance, it is a joint effort of 28 automobile manufacturers. As technology is improving everyday, now all cars come with a touch dash which is more convenient and has many additional features. This app allows your Android device to pair with your car and the system mirrors apps and shows them in the vehicle display. Some of the most commonly used apps are GPS, music, messages, telephone and web search. Once connected the system can also operate through voice commands to minimize driving distraction. This is a very useful feature and once you are connected, the head unit serves as an external display. Initially it had to be connected with a USB cable to perform this function. Google has also announced that Google Assistant would be coming to Android Auto later this year.
Amazon Alexa is a new virtual assistant developed by Amazon, this is like ‘Ok Google’ or ‘Siri’ feature where you can have a conversation of just command and it does accordingly. This was first introduced in Amazon Echo and Amazon Echo Dot, both of these are smart speakers developed by Amazon Lab. This artificial intelligence is capable of having a conversation, play music, make to-do lists, setting alarms, stream podcasts, playing audiobooks and providing other information like weather forecasts, traffic updates, sports related information, new updates and much more. Alexa can also control many smart devices with its cutting edge home automation system, this feature is only available if all the smart devices and Alexa are connected with the Wifi. Amazon Alexa is available in four languages like English, French, German and Japanese, other languages are expected with the next update. You can download the Amazon Alexa app on your iOS or Android devices, it has round shaped white logo with a sky blue background.
Fire TV is a digital media player developed by Amazon. This is a small device that allows you to stream audio and video content on your high definition TV. You can also play video games on Amazon Fire TV. It is second in its line with an improved processor and 4K UHD streaming, it also has Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 surround sound. This is a set top box so don’t confuse with it Amazon Fire TV stick. It has several features like an expandable USB storage, it connects to Wifi automatically and lets you stream your favourite content, with Amazon Fire TV everything is secure and you can also connect your bluetooth headphones for private listening as well. You can reap the benefits of your prime membership which offers you the exclusive shows, songs and movies. New shortcuts have been added which come handy while mirroring your display or putting it into sleep mode. If you are looking for an upgrade then this is what you should go for.
This is for all those Apple junkies out there, Plex cis finally available for Apple TV. This is a micro-console digital media player which is developed and sold by Apple, think of it as a small entertainment device that receives data and can stream on a television. You need to have HDMI port available on your TV to use this device. Apple TV has no integrated controls whatsoever and it can be controlled by Apple remote, Siri remote or you can turn your iOS device like iPhone, iPod Touch even Apple watch into a remote. It lets you watch videos in an amazing 4k HDR. It brings you all the best live content as well from its digital content partners which are Netflix, Hulu, Now TV, Sling TV, Playstation Vue, Amazon Prime Video, DirecTV, Youtube, Vevo, HBO Now and many others. You can also play content from your macOS or Windows computer running iTunes. It has a A10X Fusion chip which provides a powerful platform and you can add accessories like external controllers, headphones, etc to get the next level experience. You can also connect to your friends and family and share photos, videos using Airplay.
Android TV is a system designed for digital media players which runs on Android operating system. It is a very common and a must have device in today’s era, Android TV has a great user interface which has several features like voice search, assistant, cast, knowledge graph and surfing content is made easy. Think of it more as an Android mobile phone but with a bigger better display and many additional features. Android TV’s support the Google Play Store meaning that you can enhance its features by downloading different apps. This platform has been adopted by smart TV middleware by a number of companies including Sony, Sharp and VU TVs. The screen is vertical scrolling with row-based interface. All Android TV’s support Google Cast which is a great feature that lets you cast your screen from another device directly to your Tv screen. Some Android TV’s now also come with a bluetooth wireless gamepad now.
Chromecast is product of Google which is a small compact device that you can plug in your TV’s HDMI port using a USB cable and use your smartphone as a remote control. It acts as a transmitter or a cable box. You can stream high definition videos or home audio system through mobile or web apps that support Google Cast technology. It was first announced on 24 July 2013 and was made available on the same day in U.S, later that year it was made available in other countries as well. It sold over 30 million units globally and was the best selling streaming device in 2014. There’s also Chromecast Ultra which is an upgrade to the original model. Chromecast basically lets the user access video content from several different partners like Youtube, Netflix, Hulu and many others, you can also stream content using chrome browser on a computer. According to Google more than 20,000 apps have been made available which support it. Chromecast has pocket friendly prices which makes it a great tech to opt.
The most awaited virtual reality Daydream headset by Google is finally here, Daydream was announced at the Google developer conference in May 2016 and later in November it was launched. The first generation Daydream seems like any other VR headset where you place your smartphone in the front compartment and then view it through the VR headset but Google had to make a statement by providing the best, Daydream has a very classy outer look which also gives a premium feel, it is was launched in the ‘Slate’ color option and later two more colors were made available ‘Crimson’ and ‘Snow’. It is extremely light and and a snug fit which gives your a theatrical experience. It has the best cushioning which does not make you uncomfortable even after using it for hours. It comes packed with wireless controller that can be used to interact with the virtual world with a press of a button or by waving the device. There are also sensors that track the orientation. Daydream controller has a touchpad as well which has two circular buttons, one is the home button and the other is fo apps, two volume buttons are located along with a status light.