Amazon Announces Fire TV Set-Top Box and Gaming Console; Available Now for $99

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Amazon Fire TV Beauty Shot

After months of speculation, Amazon has finally unveiled their long-rumored set-top box/game console. Dubbed the Amazon Fire TV, the ultra slick, all black device will reportedly fit a wide variety of needs, but it is being positioned as a set-top box/streaming competitor first and foremost.

The Fire TV is available for purchase starting today and it retails for $99. The device boasts a quad core processor and 2 GB RAM — far more computing power than the average set top box (Apple TV, Roku, etc) — which should help set itself apart from the pack. What’s more, the device offers a unique voice search feature through its remote with which users can easily switch between apps and services.

Speaking of those services, the Fire TV will hit all the important notes; that is, it will offer Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, Hulu Plus, and MLB.TV, as well as a few unique apps like Twitch. Again, Fire TV isn’t supposed to offer something wholly different, but its faster processor and more RAM should help make all of these apps a little snappier.

Here are the official specs for the Fire TV:

  • CPU: 1.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Krait 300
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Internal Storage: 8 GB
  • GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 320
  • Bual-band wireless radio
  • Resolution: 720p, 1080p
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi

Amazon Fire TV Breakdown Specs

 

But, of course, the big point of interest for us is Fire TV’s gaming services. We’ve heard for quite some time that Amazon was looking to break into gaming, but now that the device is out in the open it appears that they have a very particular goal in mind.

See, while the Fire TV will support games, Amazon sees it as a device for casual gamers (i.e. mobile users) who do not currently have an option to game on their TV. That becomes more readily apparent when you consider that the Fire TV is Android based and doesn’t actually ship with a game controller.

The Fire TV game controller is the same design that leaked earlier this year – with the media control options across the bottom and familiar offset joysticks – and still calls to mind the OnLive controller in terms of form factor. However, this game controller will require an additional $39.99 purchase. It does come with 1,000 Amazon Coins — the company’s virtual currency — and an exclusive first person shooter/tower defense game called Sev Zero, but those who want the device for gaming will actually end up paying about $140.

Amazon Fire TV Game Controller

While it might seem like Amazon is starting small, with only a handful of games currently available for the Fire TV (Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Asphalt 8: Airbone, Monsters University), it seems like they are actually setting the stage for what could be an exciting future. In fact, Amazon has been quietly solidifying their games division with the recent acquisition of Killer Instinct developer Double Helix, and now Kim Swift (Portal) and Clint Hocking (Far Cry 2) have joined their team. Needless to say, the future for Fire TV’s games division could be very bright.

What do you think of the Fire TV? Were you hoping for something a little more gaming focused? Will you buy one?

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Source: Amazon

TAGS: Amazon, Android

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  1. That controller is ugly.

  2. I want it but I think only because I like new and shiny things. I already own plenty of devices that provide mostly the same services. Definitely interested in seeing how it evolves in time though.

  3. My favorite thing about it is that they are actually making games that will be exclusive for it and the games actually look like good games you would find on xbox live or psn. The games are also cheap with a lot of free games. Plus if you buy the controller right now you get $10 worth of coins (their special app currency) and their first exclusive game Sev Zero for free. I was thinking about picking up a Wii U for a while now but I’ll probably just pick this up instead.

  4. I have a Roku box and it works just fine. As far as the gaming, the Fire TV game controller looks huge and bulky. I have small hands, I have to use the Mini 360 controller and I don’t think the Fire will be comfy at all.

  5. If I didn’t already have two Rokus I might pick one of these up, but only if it will run Plex media server. If it’s mostly going to play Android/mobile-type games, I’m not interested. The vast majority of those are terrible.

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