After months of speculation, Amazon has unveiled its Fire TV media streaming cum gaming box. On sale beginning today in US, Amazon Fire TV has been priced at $99, however the game controller will be separately available for $40. The consumers can also play the games using the Fire TV remote or Fire TV app for smartphones and tablets, so the controller is not a necessity.
According to Amazon, Fire TV plugs in the HDMI port of the HDTVs and can be used for streaming videos, music, photos and games. It runs on the company’s Fire OS, which is also used in Kindle Fire tablets. Among other specifications, Amazon has included a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8064 processor, 2GB of RAM, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth on Fire TV.
“Tiny box, huge specs, tons of content, incredible price—people are going to love Fire TV. Voice search that actually works means no more typing on an alphabet grid. Our exclusive new ASAP feature predicts the shows you’ll want to watch and gets them ready to stream instantly. And our open approach gives you not just Amazon Instant Video and Prime Instant Video, but also Netflix, Hulu Plus, and more. On Fire TV you can watch Alpha House and House of Cards,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO.
Amazon Fire TV key features
- Voice search
- Access to Netflix, Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, YouTube, Amazon Instant Video. Plus, Amazon MP3, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more.
- 1080p HD video and Dolby Digital Plus surround sound
- Remote control with a built-in microphone, uses Bluetooth
- New feature called ASAP (Advanced Streaming and Prediction) predicts which movies and TV episodes you’ll want to watch and buffers them for playback before you even hit play
- Access to games like Minecraft, Monsters University, The Game of Life, The Walking Dead, NBA2K14, Asphalt 8, Riptide GP2, Despicable Me: Minion Rush, and more.
- Amazon FreeTime parental controls
- X-Ray for movies, TV shows, and music (see information about cast and crew, trivia, goofs, and synchronized lyrics)
- Integration with Amazon’s Cloud Drive.
- Whispersync synchronizes your video and music library across all of your devices