When we launched the world’s first Netflix streaming player in 2008, it came bundled with a simple, nine-button remote control. Our philosophy was straightforward:  you shouldn’t need more than a dozen buttons for an enjoyable TV experience. With the recent launch of the Roku 2 XS, we added a new level of technical sophistication to the Roku Game Remote, all while maintaining the simple experience our users have come to expect of us.

The Roku Game Remote, included with every Roku 2 XS, boasts a built-in accelerometer and gyroscope that together offer precise motion sensing. This translates into a fun and innovative way to play casual games on your TV. Angry Birds is the first game to take advantage of these motion controls. You can punish those greedy pigs simply by moving your wrist and pressing the OK button. No sensor bar required!

Bluetooth connectivity was another new feature introduced with the Roku Game Remote. Our standard remotes use infrared (IR) to communicate with the Roku player, which require a direct line of sight. So if you have anything blocking the front of your Roku player, your remote may not work. With Bluetooth, however, the Roku Game Remote remains constantly connected to the Roku player. Direct line of sight is not required. In fact, you don’t need to point the remote in the direction of your Roku player. Want to control Pandora from the kitchen? Simple. MOG from the garage? Done.

Other notable features of the Roku Game Remote include:

  • Two dedicated game buttons (labeled A and B). Roku game developers can custom program these buttons to do things like fire a rocket or accelerate a moving vehicle.
  • Instant Replay, Back and Options buttons. When we introduced these buttons last year, we were concerned they might make the Roku experience more complex. Our customers, however, love the Instant Replay and Back features. And with the new Pandora, Netflix and Facebook apps, there are more great uses for the Options button.

Although only the Roku 2 XS includes the Roku Game Remote, all Roku 2 players have a Bluetooth receiver built-in. This means owners of Roku 2 HD and XD players will be able to upgrade from their IR remote. The game remote comes bundled with a 2GB microSD card and a free copy of Angry Birds for just $29.  You can find them in our accessory store this weekend.

Happy gaming!

About Tom Markworth

Director of Product Management, Roku
Posted in Product News, Roku, Roku 2, Roku Players | Tagged , , |
  • Kimsdarren

    Just ordered my Roku 2.. Looking forward to receiving it very soon.. We use our other Roku all the time….

  • mookie

    i can’t wait for more casual games!

  • Bruceward860

    where are the bumper stickers?

  • Mark

    Does the Roku Game Remote have IR in addition to Bluetooth? I want to be able to teach my programmable remote to control the Roku 2, and for that, I need IR.

  • Love the BT and motion controlling! but what about having an official android/iphone companion apps for scrolling through and selecting content?? I know I would be willing to pay for this app so i’d never have to click through 100 movies again and instead could just swipe through the selection and sort using the keyboard on my phone.
    The unofficial Roku Remote app works beautifully, but I know the people who built this awesome little box could do so much more than that one developer who’s been piecing his own app together.

    Can’t wait to see what the future holds for Roku!!

  • Lyn White

    Do you have to have your volume turned down on the Roku 2 to utilize the caption option or can you still select whatever volume you desire and still have captions if you desire. I am hearing impaired and have been anxiously awaiting the days until you provided a unit that gave me subtitles, however we like to use a pretty high volume for the others in my home while watching our movies and shows, thus my question. Please email me your response at nlynwhite@excite.com and thanks in advance for your speedy response and all that you do…we LOVE our Roku! ~Lyn

    • Just got the Roku 2 XS, “if” the video offers captions, it will show up under the title, once you click the title that is, then selection, language, closed captions,etc.

      The closed captions are on the bottom of the screen, even with the sound playing!

  • tlewis

    Can I upgrade the remote and use the new remote on the older version of roku

  • Cassidy Napoli

    I’ve been eagerly awaiting availability of the game remote at the roku accessory store. This post from last Tuesday said it would be available by the weekend, but it still appears to be out of stock. Any update on when we can expect them?


  • isnt this kinda like the wii?

  • looks very similar to the wii

  • That’s a great post. Thank you so much.

  • ………….make that a “free copy of Angry Birds” THAT DOESN’T WORK. I had to call (so called) “Customer Support” and I couldn’t understand the person on the other end of the phone. Probably due to the fact that I AM multilingual……..Next time I call Customer Service, I’ll see how good their German, Italian or Spanish is on the phone……….They sure can’t communicate in English………

    • I talked to customer service on line and got GREAT service

  • Roku Game Remote is interesting which includes many latest features to play game easily and get more fun. It has Bluetooth and Micro SD facility.

  • Anonymous

    That’s a great post. Can’t wait to see what the future holds for Roku!!
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  • Can anyone explain exactly what the “A” & “B” buttons do on the new Roku blutooth remote and exactly where/when/how to use them during game play, evidently ONLY Angry Birds is the only game Roku offers.

    PLEASE be detailed about the new Roku 2 blutooth remote!

    PS: Roku didn’t send ANY data with the new Roku2 player, just the wall wort for power and the remote, I’d sure like to know what ALL the various buttons do on the blutooth remote…

    July 2012

  • r4

    The Roku game remote seems me so amazing, indeed. Actually, I am planning for purchasing it for making my console gaming more interesting and easy.

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  • A

    Finally, someone who explained what I needed explained!

  • Frank Lowerre

    i changed the batteries on my game remote and i cant get it to work how do i program it to work their is a little blue button in the battery compartment

  • Commuted

    I cannot find developer information on how to access the gyro or accelerometer. There are no examples in the SDK. Is this a special club you need to belong to?