The new game-enabled boxes are known as the Roku 2 line–a particularly curious name, since it’s the third or fourth incarnation of the streaming-media box (depending on how you count) that first debuted in May 2008. Truth in numbering notwithstanding, the new models carry over the basic functions of the existing Roku line, with more than 250 streaming media channels (including Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant, MLB, NHL, NBA, UFC, and dozens of others), HD video, and built-in Wi-Fi support. The tiny enclosures are smaller even than archrival Apple TV–just 3.3-inch square, and less than an inch high.


The three models are known as the Roku 2 HD ($60), Roku 2 XD ($80), and Roku 2 XS ($100); all should be available at retail by the end of July. They replace the existing Roku models (Roku HD, Roku XD, and Roku XDS, respectively) that are currently available at those same price points. Notably, all three models utilize the fastest 802.11n Wi-Fi standard, and all offer a MicroSD expansion slot on the rear.All three also include Bluetooth compatibility for the new game remote–though that Wii-like motion remote will only be included with the top-of-the-line $100 model. The remote will be available separately (bundled with a 2GB MicroSD card) for $30. The HD and XD will ship with standard infrared remotes, and–thankfully–all Roku 2 models retain an IR sensor, so unlike the Wii and PlayStation 3, Roku 2 boxes will still be controllable via standard universal remotes. Available at roku.com for 59.99 , 79.99 and 99.99 respectively.