Amazon Fire TV…destined to go up in smoke?

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What’s Amazon Fire TV?

Amazon recently announced it’s entrance into the growing set top box streaming scene with the Amazon Fire TV, obviously named after the KindleFire line of tablets. At first glance the Amazon Fire  TV is your standard streaming device. The set-top box offers your typical selection of streaming applications like Hulu and Netflix in addition to some more obscure selections like Crackle and Huffpost live. While still missing some subscriptions, namely HBO GO, it is still ahead of the game with access to the Amazon App Store.  A marketplace isn’t the only thing that separates Amazon Fire Tv from the crowd, the set top box also function as an android powered gaming device, similar in  many ways to the Ouya. Amazon Fire TV costs $99 and is currently available for purchase on Amazon.com.

Wait it plays games?

Graphics Qualcomm Adreno 320
Processor Qualcomm Krait 300, quad-core 1.7 GHZ 
Ram 2 GB LPDDR2
Storage 8 GB internal
Dimensions 4.53 × 4.53 × 0.69 in
Weight 9.9 oz

Amazon Fire TV promises to be faster than the competition and have better graphics than other android based micro systems like the Ouya. With the hefty tech specs this promise won’t be to hard to keep. The Amazon Fire TV boasts a Quad core processor and a dedicated GPU to help keep the games running smooth and looking great. The amazon fireTV uses HDMI to connect to the television and many games are  even graphically enhanced to look better when they are loaded on the Amazon Fire TV, which in it’s self is amazing.

The amazon fireTV’s $99 price point includes the standard television remote control which can be used for some games, but for a far better gaming experience you’re going to want tin invest in an actual gaming peripheral. If you don’t already have a bluetooth or USB controller you can purchase amazons own controller which unlike the set top box won’t be shipping until around May 11th. This is only optional since fireTV is compatible with  any blue tooth or USB controller.

Speaking of Games…

amazon-fire-tv-game-controllerAlthough the console part of the amazon fireTV seems like it was just thrown in, Amazon isn’t exactly putting it on the back burner. In fact, some time before Amazon even announced the fireTV Amazon acquired Double Helix Studios, the studio that made games like Killer Instinct and Strider. The purchase of Double Helix included both staff and Intellectual Property, in other words we may be seeing Killer Instinct on the Amazon fireTV before long.

Along with access to games developed as exclusives for the Amazon fireTV, almost every game on the Amazon App Store is playable on the Amazon fireTV. While the market for set top boxes is quickly getting congested , Amazon fireTV seems to have just enough of an edge to really plant some roots. I personally can’t wait to see whats in store.

 

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About Tony Rivera

An avid gaymer with a soft spot for anything steam punk or robotic. Firmly believes that video games are more than just entertainment, but something to think critically about.

2 responses to “Amazon Fire TV…destined to go up in smoke?”

  1. Rambling Redshirt says :

    Not gonna get a FireTV until I upgrade the TV to HD, but I do love the Gary Busey commercials Amazon has been putting out.

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