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Amazon confirmed today one of the worst-kept secrets in the industry, which is that the company now has its own streaming set top box. It’s called the Amazon Fire TV, and true to the rumors, it offers streaming TV and movies as well as games.

“Fire TV is a tiny box that plugs into your HDTV. It's the easiest way to enjoy Netflix, Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, low-cost video rentals, and more,” reads the announcement. You can also stream music from the likes of Pandora, iHeartRadio, and more.

Amazon Fire TV

One of the Fire TV’s premier selling points is voice search; instead of doing that awful one-letter-at-a-time pecking that you have to do on most remote controls, you can just talk to the remote control itself, using keywords such as a title, actor name, or genre.

There’s also an efficient feature called ASAP that predicts what content you might be interested in and cues them up for you so that you won’t experience buffering.

Amazon Fire TV

However, perhaps the most important feature of the Fire TV is gaming, as that differentiates this product from so many others. In addition to titles such as Minecraft-Pocket Edition, Asphalt 8, and others, Amazon already has an exclusive title called Sev Zero (a game in which you fight off aliens). Amazon has also seen fit to create its own Fire Game Controller, which is sold separately.

Under the hood, the Amazon Fire TV runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8064 SoC with a Krait 300 GPU. There’s 8GB of internal storage, 2GB of LPDDR2 (533 MHz) RAM, and WiFi, and it supports up to 1080p HD output at 60fps.

The Amazon Fire TV costs $99, and it’s available starting today.

As far as media streaming tv devices go, this may have just moved to my top of the list. Tv Streaming is getting more and more popular and it's nice to see devices that include a little extra such as gaming. The controller looks nice nice too but being that it's sold separately I don't know how inclined I would be to go pick one up seeing as I already have gaming devices. But still I do like the device and if and when I move to an area with better internet then this will be something I look into


I do like Amazon playing tuff dawg in the streaming community but I could possibly not consider this on the top of my list due to some very not on topic issues plus having to buy a controller to play games on it just seems sketchy.....


For $100, I think Roku & Apple TV may both be better. For $140 you get a controller and a game. If the controller is good they could be where Ouya wanted to be.