Oh My God, We’re Having an Amazon Fire… TV

As it was rumored late last week, Amazon announced that it has entered the already crowded set-top box market with the Fire TV.

The integrated entertainment device is a tiny but power-packed machine, featuring a quad-core 1.7 Ghz processor, 2GB of DDR2 RAM, and an 8 GB hard drive. It also has Bluetooth support, Wi-Fi connectivity, and free cloud storage for Amazon content.

The Fire TV does all of the things you have come to expect from its competitors. It streams media, offers a variety of channels to watch, and it has 1080p capability.

However, it manages to separate itself from the pack by being a latecomer and learning from its predecessors. The sleek remote looks like a hybrid between the remotes from Apple TV and Roku that also has the ability to accept voice commands.

Moreover, Amazon takes Roku’s game concept to the next level by developing a video game controller that is for sale separately for $40.  The high-level processing power of the device should make it possible for developers to create fairly sophisticated games and Amazon games that the games will be reasonably priced, starting at $.99.

Users will also be able to mirror media from their Kindle Fire HDX to the device.

The Fire TV is available now on Amazon for $99. The game controller should be available by April 24.

Marcello C. De Feo

Founder and co-ownerr at Untied Magazine
Marcello De Feo started blogging in 2002 as a way to promote his band and stay in touch with friends back east when he lived in Colorado. Over the years, he has owned and run many blogs, the most notable of which was the now defunct FlyersFaithful.com. He currently runs PattisonAve.com, UntiedMag.com and Gearadelphia.com.