Amazon Offers New Set-Top Box for Video Streaming and Games

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Amazon has presented the Fire TV, their new set-top box that will not only deliver movies and TV shows, but it will also allow users to play games created by popular developers. What is especially striking about this 2-in1 device is its incredible compactness.

You will also be able to access your music services, which along with the video streaming services, are not limited only to Amazon. You can use your subscription to Netflix, Hulu, watchESPN, among others. Also keep in mind that the number of the available services is constantly growing. You will also be able to watch videos on YouTube using the device. As for music, you not only be able to access your Amazon library, but Pandora and iHeartRadio, as well. You will also be able to view photos taken with your smartphone on the device by using the Amazon Cloud Drive app.

Fire TV will offer game titles from EA, Ubisoft, Telltale Games, Disney, Sega, Double Fine, and Gameloft. A whole host of games is set to be released this month. Titles include The Walking Dead, Minecraft, NBA 2K14, as well as the Amazon Games Studios game Sev Zero. Of course, for playing the games, you are going to need a controller. Last month, images of the Fire TV controller were leaked. Its retail price will be $39.99. The average price for games on Fire TV will be $1.85 with free-to-play titles also available.

Amazon said that it has identified the problems with the services of Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast, and has worked toward solving them with the Fire TV. Among the problems they discovered were the closed ecosystems, performance, as well as search methods. With the Fire TV, Amazon has aimed at being superior to other set-top boxes both in hardware and software.

As for the hardware, Fire TV offers a quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, as well as a dedicated graphics card. It will enable audio and video streaming in 1080p with Dolby Digital Plus Surround Sound. It features HDMI and optical ports, while connection to the internet can be made via an Ethernet port or the dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi.

One thing you will notice is its simple remote. You may be wondering how you are supposed to search for content. Well, this is done by simply talking into the remote. This eliminates the inconveniences of typing on a small remote which Roku and Apple TV offered. Fire TV is also able to predict what consumers will want to watch and queue them up for when they are ready to do so.

Fire TV is already up for sale at $99, the same amount as Apple TV. You can also get the game controller for $39.99.

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