Angry Birds to arrive on Roku this summer

If playing Angry Birds on your phone, computer and tablet isn’t enough, well, soon you’ll be able to get your daily dose of the uber popular game on TV – courtesy of Roku’s next-gen set-top box and a new controller.

“Angry Birds is the most popular and fastest growing casual game yet is has been trapped on mobile devices. We believe there’s a huge market for games like these on the TV,” explained Roku founder and CEO Anthony Wood.

“Just as we were the first to enable Netflix to stream instantly to the TV, we intend to be the catalyst for transforming the way people play casual games – starting with Angry Birds-on the biggest screen in the home.”

Unfortunately, streaming & online video expert Dan Rayburn says Roku has confirmed Angry Birds won’t run on existing players because “some of the new games will require more horsepower.”

So yes, while Angry Birds is coming to Roku, it seems as if you’ll have to wait until sometime this summer to play the game on the company’s new box.

Of course, as Engadget’s Richard Lawler points out, it may also be quite difficult for Roku’s gaming initiative (Angry Birds or no) to realistically compete with Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo – on their native turf.

We’ll just have to wait and see how Roku’s aspirations pan out. And what if you don’t feel like waiting for Roku? Well, there is always HDMI out, right?