Amazon FireTV Set-Top Box Goes On Sale for $99, Controller is Extra

Amazon FireTV Set-Top Box Goes On Sale for $99, Controller is Extra

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Bluetooth gaming controller is a $40 extra.

Amazon's new FireTV set-top box is now on sale for $99, and an accompanying Bluetooth gaming controller is $39.99.

The FireTV lines up pretty well with what the rumors all pointed to: a small set-top box, based on mobile hardware, that pulls in content from Amazon's own services, as well as third-party providers. Netflix, Hulu Plus, Dhotime, Pandora, and Vimeo are just a few on the list. The full list of content and apps for the FireTV can be seen here. Prime members can link their accounts to gain access to Prime Instant Video, too.

As for the tech specs, the FireTV uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8064 SoC (system on a chip), the same chip/chip family used on several Galaxy S4 variants, and the Nexus 7 (2013). It's paired with 2 GB of DDR3 memory, and 8 GB of non-expandable storage (no SD card slot). I/O includes HDMI, digital optical audio, Ethernet, USB, Bluetooth 4.0, and 802.11n WiFi.

The Bluetooth can be used to pair the FireTV with the optional, $39.99 Amazon Fire Game Controller -- which looks exactly like the leaked controller we posted about in March. It's the most inspired controller design, but sitting between an Xbox One and Nintendo Pro controller? Could be worse.

If you're not planning on playing games through your FireTV, in the included Roku-esque remote should serve you just fine. It has voice control/voice search built in, too, which should make content browsing that much easier (in theory).

Confirmed games for FireTV include Telltale's The Walking Dead, and Minecraft: Pocket Edition, and a slew of other Android titles (see the above app link).

Oh, and last but not least? Gary Busey made a FireTV ad, and it's as Gary Busey as you would imagine.

Planning on buying a FireTV? Or is your Xbox or Roku serving you just fine for now? Let us know on the forums.

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$99 and can do TV stuff? The Ouya folks won't be too happy.

am I the only one that thinks that the (I'm assuming) directional ring on that remote looks a bit to much like the one from the apple TVs remote? probably just my eyes though. other then that, looks like another me-too streaming box with a content network behind it, another fighter destined to duke it out with all others until only one survives to rule what land remains.

wake me when I don't need to own 5 different boxes to get all my video watching done.

FireTV looks very promising, but it doesn't do anything that my Xbox and HTPC pairing cannot already do. Heck, take away the HTPC, and the Xbox itself can do most of this streaming (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, HBO, etc.), games, and other media.

Devin Connors:
FireTV looks very promising, but it doesn't do anything that my Xbox and HTPC pairing cannot already do. Heck, take away the HTPC, and the Xbox itself can do most of this streaming (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, HBO, etc.), games, and other media.

Same with my PS3. My toaster has those streaming services nowadays and I have 4 different game consoles that give me access to all the games they could offer. Is the non-gamer market big enough for this thing to succeed?

well, not anyone that ever bought an Xbox may want to rethink their choice. as this 100 dollar object does everything theri Xbox does. Then again, there already are 50 dollar addons to your TV that can do just that and new TVs even got this integrated. So Amazon is way too late for the market.

CriticalMiss:
$99 and can do TV stuff? The Ouya folks won't be too happy.

They're not impressed. Then again, just last month articles started to pop up claiming that Ouya, as a hardware manufacturer, is dead.

Also, news popped up yesterday that both Kim Swift (Portal) and Clint Hocking were hired at Amazon Game Studios, which apparently is a real thing.

Man, I'm all link-happy all of a sudden.

Bit late to the party aren't we Amazon?
That said it's atleast more interesting than the Ouya.

 

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