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Amazon reveals gaming and streaming video set-top box Amazon Fire TV

Posted on April 2, 2014 AT 10:55am

After months (if not more) of rumor and hearsay, Amazon finally unveiled their gaming and video-streaming set-top box: the Amazon Fire TV.

The 0.7-inch-thick black box is powered by the following tech:

  • 1.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Krait 300 CPU
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 8 GB internal storage
  • Qualcomm Adreno 320 GPU
  • Dual-band wireless radio and two antennas for 1080p streaming over 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi

The Amazon Fire TV, the company stressed, is not meant at all to compete with the likes of Xbox One or PlayStation 4, but rather appeal to media consumers who don’t already own a console but do play games on their smartphones or tablets.

The box, already on sale and in stock, costs $99 itself and includes a TV-like remote control. The gaming controller, however—photos of which surfaced online last month—is a separate $39.99 purchase.

The Amazon Fire TV’s video services include Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, Watch ESPN, and Vevo, among others, while games include Minecraft Pocket Edition, Telltale’s The Walking Dead, arcade racer Asphalt 8: Airborne, and a Monsters University endless runner. There’s also the Amazon Fire TV exclusive Sev Zero, a sci-fi game that’s a cross between third-person shooter and tower defense, which comes free with purchases of the game controller or is $6.99 otherwise.

You can check out Sev Zero in action via the launch trailer embedded below, and below that a preview of other games coming to the Amazon Fire TV.

In February, Amazon revealed that they had acquired Killer Instinct and Strider developer Double Helix, so expect more original titles and exclusives to pad out the Amazon Fire TV’s gaming library.

Chris Holzworth, News Editor
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