We’ve been waiting a long time to see what Amazon had up their sleeve to compete with the rest of the streaming world. This morning, they officially launched Amazon Fire TV. AFTv is much more than a streaming player, it’s a gaming device, storage device, connects to your Kindle Fire and even has a remote you can talk to. The content is HTML and Android based, so dev’s should be able to port their new apps via the web or Google’s mobile OS.
Amazon Fire TV Specs:
- Size: 4.5 x 4.5 x 0.7-inch
- Weight: 9.90z
- SOC Platform: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8064
- Processor: Qualcomm Krait 300, quad-core to 1.7 Ghz
- GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 320
- Storage: 8 GB
- Memory: 2 GB LPDDR2 @ 533 MHZ
- Wi-Fi: Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi (MIMO). Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks that use 802.11a/b/g/n with support for WEP, WPA, WPA2
- Bluetooth: 4.0 with support for HID, HFP 1.6, SPP
- Cloud Storage: FREE Cloud storage for all Amazon content
- Ports: 5.5mm DC Jack, Type A HDMI 1.4b output, w/HDCP, Optica Audio, 10/100 Ethernet, USB 2.0 Type A
- Audio: Support for Dolby Digital Plus, 5.1 Surround Sound, 2ch Stereo and HDMI audio pass through up to 7.1
- Content Formats Supported: H.263, H.264, MPEG4-SP
- Output Resolution Supported: 720p, 1080p to up 60fps
- System Requirements: High-definition TV, HDMI cable
- Warranty: 1-year Limited Warranty
- Box Includes: Amazon Fire TV, remote, 2 AA batteries, power adapter, quick start guide
Now that you know the guts, let’s talk a little about the glory. Looking to jump into the connectivity tech we are seeing with Microsoft’s XBOX One, Amazon is launching a game store to get you play games on their device. Starting around $1.85, you can stream and/or download games to your AFTv while using their Amazon Fire Game Controller.
You are going to need to shell out $40 for the controller as its the only way to control the games. As avid gamers, we don’t think this is a bad deal and although many are going to complain because they want to control games via their smartphone, we like actual controllers. Gaming is the big “stand apart” feature of the new Amazon Fire TV when compared to the competition.
Much like other streaming devices, you will get 100’s of built-in apps like Netflix, Hulu+, and of course Amazon Prime (which is prob why we haven’t seen an Amazon Prime app show up on our Apple TV). What you won’t get is HBO Go. The new device is shipping today for $99. We have one already on the way and when we get it in our hands, we’ll report back a full review. Until then, learn more about AFTv here.