In a press conference in New York today, Amazon revealed its set-top box, called the Amazon Fire TV; which is designed to compete against the likes of Apple TV and Roku.
The device features a 1.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Krait 300 CPU, 2 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage, as well as a Qualcomm Adreno 320 GPU, along with a dual-band wireless radio and two antennas for 1080p streaming over 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. In size it’s only 0.7 inches thick and boasts a sleek box shape in black.
The Fire TV offers HDMI and optical audio, with support for Dolby Digital Plus and 7.1 surround sound pass-through, along with an Ethernet port and a USB 2.0 port. The device runs “Mojito,” version 3.0 of the Android-based Kindle Fire OS.
As of today the Amazon Fire TV is available for purchase for a price of $99. The Android-powered device is not limited to streaming media content and also has support for games.
During the presentation Amazon made it clear that it does not expect the Fire TV to go up against other gaming consoles. Instead the device will be focusing on consumers who don’t already own a major console and mostly play games on a smartphone or tablet. The device has a dedicated controller that is not included with the device itself and costs an additional $39.99. Purchasing a controller will also get you 1,000 Amazon Coins which you can use to buy games.
The games for Amazon Fire TV start at just 99 cents, with the average price of paid games being $1.85. A number of prominent developers are on board, including Mojang, EA, Disney, Ubisoft, Gameloft, and others. Following are the games which are available for the system at this point:
- Anomaly 2 (11 bit studios)
- Asphalt 8: Airborne (Gameloft)
- Badland (Frogmind)
- Buddy & Me (Sunbreak Games)
- The Cave (Double Fine Productions)
- Deus Ex; The Fall (Square Enix)
- The Game of Life (EA)
- Minecraft: Pocket Edition (Mojang)
- NBA 2K14 (2K Sports)
- Prince of Persia: The Shadow and the Flame (Ubisoft)
- Rayman Fiesta Run (Ubisoft)
- Riptide GP 2 (Vector Unit)
- Sev Zero (Amazon Game Studios) – Fire TV’s first exclusive game.
- Sonic CD (Sega)
- Sonic the Hedgehog (Sega)
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Sega)
- Sonic the Hedgehog 4 (Sega)
- Terraria (Chucklefish)
- The Walking Dead (Telltale Games)
According to Mike Frazzini, director of Amazon Games, “thousands” of games will be available on Fire TV by the end of next month.