Amazon announces $99 streaming device; has 2GB RAM, quad-core processor, game controller is $40

Retailer announces "Amazon Fire TV" today during media event in New York City; Amazon Game Studios to create its own games, the first of which is a third-person shooter called Sev Zero.

[UPDATE 2] Amazon has released more details about the Fire TV. The $99 box features a Qualcomm Quad Core Snapdragon Krait 300 processor with Adreno 320GPU, and 2GB of RAM to support "high performance game experiences." It's reportedly faster than competitors like Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast, but we won't know for sure until we can test it out.

Developers can program their Amazon Fire TV games to support Amazon's $40 Fire Controller or the console's Bluetooth controller, Amazon says on its special developers website. What's more, Amazon Fire TV supports up to 7 remotes and game controllers to be connected simultaneously, and each controller can be associated with an individual player ID.

Amazon Fire TV games will also allow you to use a combination of controllers (remotes and game-specific controllers) to "make multiplayer gaming easy for everyone," Amazon says.

Finally, the Amazon Fire TV console will support Amazon's payment services for in-game microtransactions. Because Amazon Fire TV users will need to register with their Amazon accounts, their payment profiles are already on file with no further effort to the player. Amazon Fire TV fully supports Amazon's in-app purchase API so that developers can offer a range of items to players including subscriptions and one-off purchases.

[UPDATE] Amazon has now detailed the Amazon Fire TV's gaming capabilities. The Fire Game Controller will sell for $40, though you can also play with the Amazon Fire TV controller. Games from EA, Disney, and Sega are coming to the device, and a version of Minecraft will also be available.

Amazon Game Studios is also making games itself, the first of which is a third-person shooter called Sev Zero. Presumably, Sev Zero will only be available on Amazon Fire TV and other Amazon devices. Amazon also acquired Killer Instinct developer Double Helix Games last year.

The Amazon Fire TV will be available for $99. A version of the box bundled with the Fire Game Controller will sell for $140. It's on sale from today.

The original story is below.

Today during a media event in New York City, retailer Amazon announced its long-rumored streaming device, which it is calling the Amazon Fire TV.

The device features a quad-core "best-in-class" processor with a dedicated GPU, as well as 2GB of RAM. Amazon promises 2X the performance of competitors like Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast. The Amazon Fire TV will also ship with a Bluetooth controller that has a microphone in it for voice control.

During a live demonstration, Amazon showed off the Fire TV user interface, which included a tab for "Games." However, the role games will play in the device remains to be seen. The event is ongoing and you can follow along via GameSpot sister site CNET's live-blog.

According to a report from February, Amazon will launch the box possibly for under $300. Amazon has not announced a price so far during the event. Images of a rumored Amazon game controller emerged last month, though we saw none of that in the event today.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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Bond_Villain
Bond_Villain

This is good. Competition is always good

Darkfall_05
Darkfall_05

Do you have to pay extra for the haircuts?

Fantomass
Fantomass

Just stick with selling books, amazon

chingchow48
chingchow48

I'll stick with my Ouya, I just want Ouya to have a Netlfix app! Come On Ouya give me a Netflix app

smokeless_0225
smokeless_0225

I think I am going to create a gaming console next year. Then I'll sell it to Disney. Who cares if it's good as long as there are idiots who will buy it. MWAHAHAHAHAHAA!!! 

Then I'll tell people that it's "not a console competitor" to make them feel like it's ok to buy it and still keep their current console.

youngzen69
youngzen69

WTF! This thing is more powerful then the Wii U.

Johnny-n-Roger
Johnny-n-Roger

A media device that plays games.  Is there really a market for this?

hitmanxmk
hitmanxmk

Another s*it in a different box, yeah that is what we need, wel done Amazon....whats the damn problem with today technologies...15 years ago we had only PC and everyone could do the same what we are doing today. Where is the joy of buying a retail box game? Well that happens when every damn amateur gets into the computer game business with only 1 thing in mind, offer dust in the wind for a shi*load of money in return


Maybe we dont know, but they know exactly why they are pushing s*it products like this one, to make us only rent their content...so practically we pay money for owning nothing in RETURN?!?! F**k this, i`ll stick to the good ol'PC

ninjaroach81
ninjaroach81

Just what we need; another "smartphone-in-a-bigger-box-pretending-to-be-a-game-console"...

Restivus
Restivus

Another Android gaming device putting the frag in fragmentation. Another Android device that can't connect to Google Play.

fgjnfgh
fgjnfgh

I thought that was Michael Phelps in the picture

Spartan070
Spartan070

Spent the same($140) for my no-ads Kindle Paperwhite 2, I regret nothing.

ollie2000000
ollie2000000

More crap to take our minds off the endless wars going on yippee =D

NTM23
NTM23

This doesn't matter, what matters is that Adam Sessler is leaving Rev3 Games, and games critiquing in general, after 16 years of it... WAHHH (that's me crying).

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

While this will in no way play 8th gen games - I just checked the specs over at gamesindustry international and it should have no problem playing some of the most intensive android or ios games out there and even some of 7th gen console games, PSP, VITA ports.  I think it would very nice playing Banner Saga, Legend of Heroes, or Bastion. Maybe even a weak Fable. 


Oh one more thing, whether you a MS, Sony, PC, Nin, fanboy - this will only make things better for the gamer, competition is gonna be ruthless this gen. 

MassDeparture1
MassDeparture1

Look here amazon, just stick to getting my packages on time please !..... Enough said !!!

wallacom
wallacom

Ohh look. Apple TV with a controller. Amazon was lazy, poor and ugly replica of the xbox controller, and a replica of the Apple TV remote, what a joke.

nights_team2k7
nights_team2k7

wow even this thing is getting Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour. I wish Gameloft would put their Modern Combat and Nova series on the PSVita. That thing needs a great FPS badly. COD, Resistance and Killzone are sub-par.

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

God the news sucks today. Can we have something about Watch Dogs please?

rarson
rarson

I get this, and it actually kind of makes sense. This competes with Roku and Chromecast and other streaming devices. But you get games, too. Ouya didn't work because nobody really wants to buy a game console for $99 (how good could it be?) and the hardware was outdated when it arrived. I think for a streaming box, $99 is the ceiling, so this still works, AND it offers decent hardware for gaming, plus the Amazon ecosystem. It's not a terribly large investment. Games won't sell this, but they can certainly add a little to the appeal. I just don't see anything in this price range that comes close to offering the same amount of content, so I could see it being a success. Amazon is right, it's not a competitor to consoles. That's a good sign, that they recognize what their product really is.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Lol, look at that pic!


"Dad, thanks for the 1975 haircut, and the welfare console.  I'm gonna be REALLY popular in school."

DrKill09
DrKill09

Doesn't Amazon realize that besides the massive hype, the Ouya has sold piss poor?  People do not want or need crap like this.

the_real_luigi
the_real_luigi

The gaming industry sounds like that it's going to get over saturated with gaming consoles and streaming devices. A lot of companies are about to waste a lot of money releasing their stuff.

prats93
prats93

Its still more powerful than the Wii U, fuckin lol.

West123
West123

@ollie2000000  endless...you said it your self....endless.... war is part of human development just be grateful your nation had its civil war before you were born...and let the rest of young nations catch up 


since by my count there is currently one war going on...everything else is proxy battles   

Johnny-n-Roger
Johnny-n-Roger

@jenovaschilld  


So you can buy it to play games that you've already played?  This assertion does little to promote the value of such a device.


They throw in a "dedicated GPU," promote the idea that it can play games, and you're ready to imply that it will be in any way competitive to the primary gaming market?  It will be "competitive" in its own niche of media devices because of the fact that it can play games, nothing more.

NorseLax09
NorseLax09

@jenovaschilld  I agree that competition is a good thing for the industry, but are people really going to buy this to play android games? maybe not, but if it can be hacked to run XBMC or even SteamOS, then i will buy it in a heartbeat.


nights_team2k7
nights_team2k7

@rarson  exactly. for all of the crappy android boxes out there, Amazon seems to be aiming correctly. They're focusing on their store front, programming, videos, movies, streaming apps...etc. Then they focus on games last, which is pretty smart. Rather not have their eggs in one basket. and not just focus on games. focus on media, and combined with amazon is pretty great. 


I'm thinking about picking this up just to put it in my daughters room to replace her Roku box. Hopefully with the hardware inside, it will run much faster.

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

@DrKill09  Glad I'm not the only one that noticed the weird hair. The first thing that came to mind was Prince Adam at age 7 on Eternia...

am_h8ter_ade
am_h8ter_ade

@DrKill09  ouya had no where near the money amazon does. Ouya was a good idea with very bad execution. Amazon has taken everything that sucked about Ouya and fixed it. They have the resources to do so.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

@DrKill09  That is what they said about, PC, Nintendo, Sega, Sony, Microsoft, mobile, tablets. Yeah this may go the way of turbografix, or dreamcast- but what if it catches on and becomes the new VCR for the living room. 

rarson
rarson

@prats93  

No, it's not, and you're stupid if you think that it is, "fuckin lol."

NTM23
NTM23

@SgtSilock Eh, I don't know. I like him. I don't always agree with him, obviously, but still. I respect him as someone that's in the line of work. I won't be going to Rev3Games anymore, that's for sure.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

@NorseLax09 @jenovaschilld  The are not really coming out with a gaming console, it is more of a Ruko but with bonus games. Kinda like xbox one - they are focused on gaming but heavy on social, media apps. This will be the other way around, and why not. Why spend 99$ on a roku when this amazon thing looks so much better. 

I am sure this device will be hacked for alot of nice things, but steamOS - thats a little reaching - minimum specs are worlds apart. But that is okay I am sure it can run apps just fine like a tablet. 

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

@rarson  If you look up the specs it is not far off - very close to 7th gen systems - while more focused for android games, and last gen games - I bet this would have no problem playing most anything the wii u had out, easily. 

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

@rarson  You're going to wear yourself out jumping at all these troll comments that are clearly bad sarcastic jokes.

NorseLax09
NorseLax09

@jenovaschilld @NorseLax09  I know SteamOS may be pushing it, but for someone like me that has a beefy gaming rig, all i want is something that can stream my games to my living room, which is what i am really wanting SteamOS for. A lightweight linux distro that can compliment my existing gaming PC.


rarson
rarson

@jenovaschilld

The specs are way off. The hardware isn't in the same league. One is ARM-based, the other is PowerPC-based. Adreno graphics are great for cell phones and tablets, not really much comparison even to what is in the Wii U. The fact of the matter is that Android games look good on tiny screens because the tiny screens make it easy for developers to hide the loss of detail required to get the graphics running at a decent framerate. And the Wii U is actually rendering two different screens at the same time.