Disney Set-Top Box Comes Pre-Loaded With Games and Other Media

Disney has a solution for parents who want child-friendly games and shows in their kids' rooms.

News by Nadia Oxford, .

The end of the Disney Infinity line indicates Disney isn't interested in allocating too many resources into video game distribution – or so we thought. Turns out Mickey Mouse's parent company does have a literal game plan, and it echoes Apple TV, Android TV set boxes, and indeed, the NES Classic Edition.

The compact Disney Kids TV streaming box, revealed at last weekend's CES 2017, is a set-top box packed with Disney content, including games. Marshall Honorof of Tom's Guide, who went hands-on with the prototype box at CES, says he's "personally pulling for Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse" for the Sega Genesis. That would be great, and who knows – it might happen. That said, the set will probably only stream mobile games on day one, e.g. free-to-play fare featuring characters from Marvel and Star Wars.

The Disney box can also "stream content from a variety of channels, play prerecorded media, listen to music, and connect external storage sources." The box's manufacturer, Snakebyte, plans to keep adding media once the device launches.

If you're a parent who's understandably paranoid about your kid accidentally (or "accidentally") streaming games, shows, and movies that aren't child-safe, Disney's streaming box probably won't be a poor purchase. It'll cost $99 USD at launch, and you can buy an optional Bluetooth controller at a yet-undisclosed price. Look for the mouse box later this year.

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  • Avatar for SIGGYZtar #1 SIGGYZtar 8 months ago
    Disney should not have given up on the toys, considering this set top box is perfect for using the figures with the games. How much more would it cost to put in a NFC reader?Edited January 2017 by SIGGYZtar
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  • Avatar for VotesForCows #2 VotesForCows 8 months ago
    Would need to wait and see exactly what's included in the purchase price, but definitely interested. Big Disney fans in my house...
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  • Avatar for Thad #3 Thad 8 months ago
    There's already an Android port of Castle of Illusion; I sure wouldn't rule out its inclusion.
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  • Avatar for jemma213GH #4 jemma213GH 12 hours ago
    Looks like these set top boxes will soon replace the online platforms like: for movie streaming and tv shows streaming.ahahahaha Soo these app developer will start thier own service of set top box
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  • Avatar for jemma213GH #5 jemma213GH 12 hours ago
    I wish they could also ship this service in IndiaEdited 12 hours ago by jemma213GH
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