Roku is back baby, and this time it’s smaller, faster and more energy efficient.  The company’s first box just streamed Netflix.  But over the last few years they’ve added a variety of streaming content of the set top box which includes Pandora, Crackle, UFC, Foxnews.com and more.

The new boxes, which are available in three flavors – Roku 2 HD, Roku 2 XD and Roku 2 XS – sport a smaller footprint, use just 2 watts of power and get this, can now play video games.  They’ll continue to output 5.1-channel surround sound with compatible content.  The Roku 2 HD is limited to just 720p, while the XD and XS can playback full HD video.  However, all models are compatible with Roku’s gaming platform, which will launch with, what else, Angry Birds.  The game will ship for free with the XS model, the highest of the three, and will include a bluetooth, motion sensing gaming controller.  This model, unlike the other two, will also sport an Ethernet port for a wired connection and USB port for playing back media off any USB drive.   All models ship with built-in WiFi, though the lower tier ones will not include a free copy of Angry Birds or Roku’s gaming controller.

The Roku 2 HD, Roku XD and Roku XS will ship at the end of this month for $59.99, $79.99 and $99.99 respectively.

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Christen Costa

 
Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."