Amazon Fire TV is here!

3 April 2014

After loads of speculation, Amazon has finally announced their plans for Amazon Fire TV. With their set-top box, you'll be able to stream Amazon Prime video and, in the States, it'll cost you $99, which is around £60.

Amazon Fire is based on Android and, according to a statement, it is three times more powerful than Apple TV. With it, you get a little remote which has all the relevant buttons, but also, comes with a built-in microphone so you can control Fire with your voice.

For an extra $39.99, you can get a game controller, which connects with Bluetooth and gives 55 hours battery life.

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Amazon aren't mucking about when it comes to streaming content. They're offering their own services, as well as their competitors such as Netflix, HuluPlus, ESPN, Vevo, Crackle and Flixster.

Disney, Gameloft, EA, 2K Games, Sega, Ubisoft, Double Fine, and Telltale Games are all signed-up to develop games for Fire TV. The controller itself is based on the Xbox 360 controller. Perhaps not as pretty or robust, but decent enough to throw around while gaming.

Will it make Apple fans switch? Probably not. Will is challenge Chromecast? It isn't really vying for the same market. However, it should sell reasonably well for those looking for something to enable streaming on their TVs and get mild distraction with games more akin to those you'd find on a tablet, rather than the PS4 or Xbox One.

We await news on when Amazon Fire TV will be released in the UK.

TOPICS:   Technology   TV   Cool Stuff

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