Amazon has finally unveiled the rumored Fire TV streaming box along with its Fire game controller. It plugs into your HDTV and lets you stream movies and TV shows at up to 1080p resolution, listen to songs, use apps, play games and more. It is powered by a 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 pro processor, 2GB RAM and has 8GB of internal storage. It runs on Android-based OS Fire OS called Mojito, similar to the Kindle Fire tablets.
It also comes with a Amazon Fire TV remote with built-in microphone for voice search and access to Netflix, Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, YouTube, and more. WWE Network, MLB.TV, WATCH Disney Channel, WATCH ABC, and Twitch would be available soon.
The ASAP (Advanced Streaming and Prediction) feature predicts which movies and TV episodes you’ll want to watch and buffers them for playback before you even hit play—instant start. It also has Amazon FreeTime, X-Ray for movies, TV shows, and music and more.
It lets you play games like Minecraft Pocket Edition, The Walking Dead, NBA2K14, Asphalt 8, Riptide GP2 and more Android. You can download both free and paid games from the Amazon store. You can play these games using Fire TV remote, the Fire TV app for smartphones and tablets, or the optional Fire game controller.
Amazon Fire TV specifications
- 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 pro (APQ8064) processor with Adreno 320 GPU
- Output Resolution Supported 720p and 1080p up to 60fps
- Dual-band WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n with dual-antenna (MIMO)
- Bluetooth 4.0 with support for HID, HFP 1.6, SPP profiles
- Free Cloud Storage
- 5.5 mm DC Jack, HDMI 1.4b output, w/HDCP, Optical Audio (TOSLINK). 10/100 Ethernet, USB 2.0 Type A
- Audio Support for Dolby Digital Plus, 5.1 surround sound, 2ch Stereo and HDMI audio pass through up to 7.1
- 2 GB LPDDR2 RAM, 8 GB internal Storage
The Fire wireless game controller has dual analog sticks, lighted player indicators for multiplayer gaming, Integrated media buttons for movies, TV shows, and music and a GameCircle button that instantly lets you track progress and compare scores with friends and other gamers. It uses AA batteries that promises up to 55 hours of battery life.
The Amazon Fire TV is priced at $99 and is immediately available in the US from Amazon. The Amazon Fire Game Controller costs $39.99 and is available for pre-order from Amazon in the U.S. It would ship starting April 24th.