Amazon Announces Fire TV

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Posted April 3, 2014 by Eduardo Gueiros in Tech

Yesterday IGN reported that Amazon has announced the Fire TV. This set-top box will primarily serve as a video streaming service, but will also allow users to play well-known games from acclaimed developers.

Critically acclaimed games such as Minecraft, The Walking Dead, NBA 2K14, and numerous others are set to be released in the near future, and additional titles from developers such as EA, Ubisoft, Telltale Games, and others will join them shortly thereafter. The system will also have a designated controller, which will reportedly cost $39.99.

Fire TV will offer a variety of streaming services, not just Amazon’s, allowing users to utilize more established services such as Netflix and Hulu as well. The system can also predict what you want to watch, and allows users to use the search by speaking into the remote. Additionally, music service capabilities, and the ability to import photos from your smartphone through cloud services will be available.

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Additionally, the Fire TV will come equipped with the following:

  • Quad-core processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Dedicated graphics card
  • 1080p vide and audio with Dolby Digital Plus Surround Sound
  • HDMI- and optical-out ports
  • Dual-band, dual antenna Wi-Fi and Ethernet port

Since the announcement yesterday, Amazon’s Kindle VP Pete Larsen told Engadget in an interview that “this is absolutely not a game console.” There have been rumblings of Amazon becoming a competitor for Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo after its purchase of game developer Double Helix, but apparently Fire TV will not be the product to help the company do so.

The Fire TV started shipping yesterday, and will be available for $99.99, not including the optional $39.99 controller.


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