Amazon Enters The Gaming Scene, Already Has An Exclusive Title
In addition to ruling the skies with it’s drone delivery service, Amazon wants your living room as well. Introducing Amazon Fire TV. It’s your typical little black box that allows for the streaming of games, movies and TV series.
The unit will retail for $99 with a controller available for $39.99. You can probably find it anywhere but Amazon if you’re interested. Up top is a trailer detailing all the things the Fire TV does. Unfortunately, there is no option to set your TV on fire.
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Fire Tv plugs straight into your HDTV, just like Roku and Apple TV but has three times the power with 2GB of RAM, a dedicated GPU and quad-core processor. It also has dual-band, dual-antenna WiFi, high definition 1080p video and Dolby Digital Plus surround sound. It’s also pretty tiny, something we can appreciate in a world where the Xbox One exists.
Fire Tv also has full game support, mobile games of course.
Mike Frazzini from Amazon Games took the stage to discuss the developers on board with Fire TV, including Mojang, Ubisoft and Take-Two. By next month, thousands of games will be available to play.
Minecraft Pocket Edition, Gameloft’s Asphalt 8 was shown, as was Monsters University and The Walking Dead, and 2K’s NBA 2K14. The average price of games will run between $1.85 and $2.
The “console” already has some veteran developers behind it in Portal’s Kim Swift and Far Cry 2’s Clint Hocking. It also has its first exclusive in Sev Zero. It sounds like a Russian diet soda but is actually a hybrid tower defense and third-person shooter from Amazon Game Studios.
It’s free when you buy that controller but will run you $6.99 on its own.
The official blurb reads: “In Sev Zero, players can jump between environments—start in tower defense mode to build out towers and assess the surroundings, and then beam down to shooter mode for face-to-face combat against the Ne’ahtu. Players can also bring friends and family into the action with the Sev Zero companion tablet app, Sev Zero: Air Support. With this multi-player, multi-screen experience, players help each other thwart the enemies—one player is in Air Support mode initiating air strikes from their tablet while the other player is in face-to-face combat mode.”
As you can see below, the remote has a built-in microphone for voice search functionality.
The main screen TV features: Home, Movies, TV, Watchlist, Video Library, Games, Apps, Photos, and Settings, according to Engadget.
Fire TV is Android and HTML based, allows porting of apps, and the main streaming services are Hulu Plus and Amazon Instant Video with more on the way. The latter will also receive 10 original shows.
Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, HBO Go, SHO Anytime, Pandora, RedBull TV and others will be released on the device as well. It includes instant access to over 200,000 TV episodes and movies, allowing users to “watch what they want, when they want.”
As you might expect, Amazon prime members get the most out of it all with unlimited access to popular movies and TV series. A new feature called ASAP predicts what movies and series you’ll want to watch and gets them ready to stream instantly. That might be awkward if it prepares porn for you while you have your folks over.
A second screen option called X-ray, similar to Microsoft’s SmartGlass, was also shown and allows users to satrt watching something on their TV and then pick it up right where they leftoff on their tablet.