Amazon Unveils Amazon Fire TV, A Streaming Set-Top Box/Game Console

Amazon has just announced the Fire TV, a small and compact streaming video set-top box that can also play games. The video streaming services are not limited to Amazon’s options as the set-top box will include options such as Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and WatchESPN to name a few, with more on the way. Music services such as Pandora and iHeartRadio will also be available. There’ll also be other features present such as the ability to instantly look at photos taken with your smartphone, all with the help of Amazon’s Cloud Drive app.

In terms of software, Amazon is claiming the Fire TV will have 100 games available day one. And titles from Ubisoft, Double Fine, Telltale Games, EA, Disney, Sega, and Gameloft will be coming to the Fire TV. Games such as NBA 2K14, Minecraft, The Walking Dead, and Amazon Game Studios’ Sev Zero, a third-person shooter, will launch next month. A dedicated game controller was also introduced, and will cost $39.99. The average price for Fire TV games will be $1.85, with free-to-play titles also present.

Amazon also focused on the Fire TV’s hardware capabilities, stating that it won’t have the same problems with search methods and performance that are currently present on Roku, Apple TV, and Chromecast. Amazon’s device is equipped with a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and a dedicated graphics card. Video and audio will be delivered in 1080p with Dolby Digital Plus Surround Sound via HDMI- and optical-out ports. As for connectivity, that’ll be handled through dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi or through an Ethernet port.

There’s also the interesting option of speaking directly into the Fire TV’s remote to instantly search for things, instead of typing using the remote.

The Amazon Fire TV is already available for shipping on the company’s site, and will cost $99.99 without the controller, and $139.99 with it.