Everything you need to know about Amazon Fire TV

Amazon's new streaming device may not be aimed directly at gamers, but is this still a system you'd want to pick up?

After months of rumors and leaks, the Amazon Fire TV was finally revealed earlier this week in New York.

The system is priced at $99 for the base model and $140 for a bundle with a controller, but Amazon has been clear that this is not a console contender. They're aiming to compete with Apple TV and Roku rather than Sony and Microsoft.

Though Ouya's CEO criticized the Fire TV for it's lack of a focus on gaming, that doesn't mean Amazon is ignoring gamers completely. Besides the system exclusive third-person shooter/tower defense hybrid Sev Zero, Amazon has also made key gaming acquisitions including:

Here's everything else you need to know about the system.

The hardware specs:

  • Dimensions: 4.5" x 4.5" x 0.7", weighing 9.9oz
  • CPU: Qualcomm Krait 300 1.7Ghz quad-core
  • GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 320
  • RAM: 2GB LPDDR2 @ 533 MHz
  • Storage: 8GB internal storage
  • Wi-Fi: Dual-band, dual-antenna MIMO
  • Bluetooth: 4.0 with HID, HFP 1.6, and SPP profile support.
  • Ports: HDMI 1.4b, TOSLINK Optical Audio, 10/100 Ethernet, USB 2.0, 5.5mm DC
  • What's in the box?
  • Amazon Fire TV and Remote
  • Power cord
  • 2x AAA batteries

What will you need to buy?

  • HDMI cable
  • Game controller

Here are the game available so far (though the list will grow rapidly over the coming months):

Free

  • You Don’t Know Jack Party
  • Despicable Me: Minion Rush
  • The Walking Dead: Season One (first episode free)
  • Hungry Shark Evolution
  • Asphalt 8: Airborne
  • Deer Hunter 2014
  • Hill Climb Racing
  • Riptide GP2
  • BINGO Blitz
  • Reaper
  • Stickman downhill - Motocross
  • Big Win Slots
  • Into the Dead
  • PBA Bowling Challenge
  • Badland
  • Stickman Base Jumper
  • Dead Trigger 2
  • Zen Pinball HD
  • Dead on Arrival 2
  • Voodoo Whisperer
  • Dead System
  • CLARC lite
  • Shadow Fight 2
  • Haunted Past
  • Snailbow
  • Fibbage
  • Vendetta Online
  • Concussion Boxing
  • ARC Squadron: Redux
  • Brick Break Blitz
  • Crystal Picnic

$0.99

  • Naught 2
  • Grandpa and the Zombies
  • Endless Skater
  • Ski Safari
  • Polar Bowler 1st Frame
  • Gravity Guy
  • Buddy & Me
  • Rabbids Big Bang
  • Quell
  • Monsters University
  • Pocket Rally
  • GraveStompers: Kid Zombies Save Eradication
  • Motorbike
  • Quiet, Please!
  • Beyond Ynth HD
  • Grow
  • Puddle
  • Micronytes Director’s Cut
  • Recursion
  • Dream Flight
  • A Ride into the Mountains
  • Cannon Ballers
  • League of Evil
  • Super Daddio 2
  • Super Mega Worm
  • Quiet Christmas
  • Melee Man
  • Range Man

$1.00+

  • Alpha Wave ($1.00)
  • Sci-Fighters ($1.29)
  • Experiment ($1.31)
  • Ascent Of Kings ($1.49)
  • Kung Fu FIGHT! ($1.49)
  • Striker Soccer Euro 2012 Pro ($1.87)
  • Quell Reflect ($1.99)
  • Radiant ($1.99)
  • Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst ($1.99)
  • Fantastic 4 in A Row 2 ($1.99)
  • Vacation Vexation ($1.99)
  • FIST OF AWESOME ($1.99)
  • Atlantis Sky Patrol ($1.99)
  • Aces of the Luftwaffe Premium ($1.99)
  • EVAC ($1.99)
  • Tank Riders 2 ($1.99)
  • Mini Golf Mundo ($1.99)
  • Mystery Castle HD (5 Episodes, $1.99 each)
  • Fractal Combat X ($1.99)
  • Truck Monsters ($1.99)
  • Syder Arcade HD ($1.99)
  • Grand Truckismo ($1.99)
  • Ninja Hero Cats Premium ($2.44)
  • Coaster Crazy Deluxe ($2.49)
  • Monster RPG 2 ($2.91)
  • Sonic CD ($2.99)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog ($2.99)
  • Sonic The Hedgehog 2 ($2.99)
  • Doom & Destiny ($2.99)
  • Rayman Fiesta Run ($2.99)
  • Quell Memento ($2.99)
  • Prince of Persia: The Shadow and the Flame ($2.99)
  • Double Dragon Trilogy ($2.99)
  • King Oddball ($2.99)
  • Canabalt HD ($2.99)
  • No Brakes Valet ($2.99)
  • Dark Incursion ($2.99)
  • Homeland Strike Force Part One ($2.99)
  • Hard Lines ($2.99)
  • Trouserheart ($2.99)
  • Time Surfer ($3.00)
  • Save the Puppies Premium ($3.99)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I ($3.99)
  • Bit Brawlers ($3.99)
  • Hero of Many ($3.99)
  • Burn Zombie Burn ($4.96)
  • The Game of Life ($4.99)
  • Terraria ($4.99)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2: Episode II ($4.99)
  • Crazy Taxi ($4.99)
  • AirFighters Pro ($4.99)
  • Clarc ($4.99)
  • Anomaly 2 ($4.99)
  • The Cave ($4.99)
  • Tetris ($4.99)
  • Wraithborne ($4.99)
  • Virtua Tennis Challenge ($4.99)
  • Twin Robots ($4.99)
  • BombSquad ($5.00)
  • Aftermath XHD ($5.99)
  • Ground Effect Pro XHD ($5.99)
  • Farm Invasion USA Premium ($5.99)
  • Gene Effect ($6.78)
  • Minecraft - Pocket Edition ($6.99)
  • Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour ($6.99)
  • Sev Zero ($6.99)
  • Deus Ex: The Fall ($6.99)
  • NBA 2K14 ($7.99)
  • Electronic Super Joy ($7.99)
  • RPG Alphadia Genesis ($9.99)
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martingaston

Martin Gaston

Hi! I'm Martin, for some reason or another I have managed to convince the people who run GameSpot that I am actually wor
30 comments
tendoboy1984
tendoboy1984

They say it's not a gaming console, yet it has hundreds of games, a game controller, and Amazon even formed their own development studio.

Yep it's a game console.

battlefront1943
battlefront1943

And...  nope.  That games list just killed it.  Already have plenty of streaming devices.  Sorry Amazon... 

kujel
kujel

Maybe gamers should ban to gather and ask Amazon to put together a gamer bundle that comes with the controller and two games instead of just the one that comes with the controller.

blackace
blackace

Lots and lots and lots of Android games. Ok, so if I own a Kindle, I can get all those games on it for the same price? lol!! The controller 'looks' similar to an XBox controller, but I bet it's missing many, many, many of the XBox 360 and XBox One features. Does it have rumble in the base and on the triggers? lol!! At least it looks better then the awful Ouya controller. Not too bad for $40, but I doubt it's perfect. Using it will be the real test. Amazon already has a streaming movie/tv service, so why was this even created. Seems they really wanted to compete with the Ouya I guess. I just don't understand why this is needed if you have Prime and a Kindle.

olddadgamer
olddadgamer

So who is the target audience?  It's not a console....ok.... but having a controller is going to turn off people like my parents who may well want a streaming thingy but will look at the controller and think "gaming box." (And look they will, as there is a bundle that has a controller in it)   

With this and amazon's big name hires, I wonder what amazon is up to.  I hope it's something good.  But then I think about the rather confused product this is and I fear that amazon is wondering what amazon is up to.  

BlendThree
BlendThree

It's certainly much more functional and realistic than the Mad Catz MOJO- which has literally redefined how unrefined an Android based microconsole can really be taken to market.  I doubt I'll pick one up (my Roku 3 has done nothing to warrant replacement) but it is interesting.  I almost wish Amazon would release a more console oriented bundle with the controller packed in for like $125.  That may be enough to sway me.

gajbutler
gajbutler

Basically my phone is more powerful and instead I can mirror it to my TV and tether a PS3 controller to it...



ECH71
ECH71

If they start adding more big budget games to the list, they could finally make the whole OnLive-style cloud gaming really popular.


Go Amazon, Go Go Go!

StHapns247
StHapns247

GameSpot, this device does not appeal to your demographic. There is not need for all the coverage.

Bassamation
Bassamation

Some people think they have more knowledge or they are smarter than big companies ..

when they are very normal people and know nothing about anything except consoles .

Fire TV was a smart idea from a smart company .. they want to go to big screens and

make a full entertainment device .. with powerfull specs .. and many features are coming ..

GameSpot this is not the right place for this product .. and we don't have to buy the controller

any one with bluetooth works on android will work .

thanks ..

seth_rogaine
seth_rogaine

No comments so far?  I guess people really don't give a flying fart for this thing. 


Personally.. it's doing nothing but streaming.  So I play the same boring games I have now for my android or ipad on a streaming service in front of my TV.   I think I'd rather have an enema. 

Part of the appeal of these stupid games like minion rush is I can play them for a few minutes while waiting somewhere, while on a bus, while taking a quick crap.   I certainly would not want to sit in front of my TV and stream a boring quick-mobile game when I have so many other options available to me on PC or console.  


The "micro console" segment is getting crowded with garbage ideas in an attempt to catch onto the existing standard-console market.  Ironically, this is the same group of console naysayers that predicted that tablets and smartphones would overtake consoles and squeeze them out of existance.   Now all the android players are jumping on the same doomed bandwagon that Ouya already proved was worthless. 


Amazon.. stick to your kindle fire.  At least a tablet gives you a chance to play an android game for the amount of time they're worth.. which is a few minutes at a time. 


Stinger78
Stinger78

@olddadgamer  It doesn't come with the controller - it's $40 extra.  If they just 'want a streaming thingy' then they will be covered for $99.

Roku 2 and 3 come with a 'gaming remote' that has motion sensing built-in, but people may not associate Roku with gaming.

blackace
blackace

@ECH71 Are games STREAMED with this system or do you download them to the based unit? Playing streaming games suck. Unless you have Verizons FIOS, I wouldn't even waste my time with it.

blackace
blackace

@StHapns247 There is need for coverage because it does play games. Same with the Ouya. Like the Ouya, I don't see the point of this. If you have Amazon Prime, you can already stream free movies/tv. What else is this thing going to do that another Android device won't be able to?

ECH71
ECH71

@StHapns247  Why not? From what I've understood about the device, it's cloud-based gaming like OnLive meaning cheap gaming for those without powerful rigs or current-gen consoles...


Seems worthy of gaming news coverage.

hystavito
hystavito

@Bassamation  With the media services Amazon is offering yes a box like this makes perfect sense.

ECH71
ECH71

@teller76567  How so? It's a cheap cloud based gaming device... what's pointless about it?

hystavito
hystavito

@seth_rogaine  But like others are saying, it's not targetted at people like you or me or most of those who write Gamespot comments :).


Something I'm not clear on though, are the games actually streamed?  I get the sense the media is streamed, but the games are standard Android style local.  The 8GB storage does seem kinda small for locally installed games, but that's all the OUYA has and as Amazon says games are not the focus anyway.

Stinger78
Stinger78

@ECH71 @StHapns247  Where did you get cloud-based gaming from in regards to FireTV?  To me it's a streaming media box that also has local storage to download things just like you'd do on a phone or a tablet, but you get your TV as the output display.  Now, if it allows the OnLive app, that would be different.

blackace
blackace

@ECH71 @teller76567Everything if you own a Kindle and are a Prime subscriber. I guess if you don't have those things it might interest a few people.

Stinger78
Stinger78

@ECH71 @teller76567  I don't think it's pointless, but I haven't seen anything in regards to 'cloud-based gaming' mentioned about this.

ECH71
ECH71

@hystavito @seth_rogaine  I read somewhere the games are streamed and it makes sense since Amazon's in the cloud computing business.


This product sounds like a good way to get those with a tight budget into gaming, that is assuming they release the same big budget games available to consoles/PC.