Amazon reveals its streaming and gaming console – first pics of console and controller

"After a lengthy introduction that showcased Amazon's approach to searching, improving connection speeds for streaming devices, and the need to improve the ecosystem of the systems, Amazon has revealed its new gaming console and streaming device. The approach is to "Invent and Simplify." One thing's for sure - it's a beauty. Named Amazon Fire TV, the box promises to be Amazon's adventure into the ever-growing market of instant streaming devices. The best part - by next month, thousands of games will be available to play."

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Axonometri1294d ago (Edited 1294d ago )

I was about to ask, why do I want this over a tablet? Then I saw $39.99. Yep, if you have no tablet and or console, this is priced to sell vs. the other Android gaming consoles.

After being pointed out that I missed the fact that the controller is 39 and the box is 99, I retract my statement.

At near $150, it's just another grab in the bag.

Ilovetheps41294d ago

The system is $99 and the controller is $39. Just letting you know

Axonometri1294d ago

Hey thanks. I missed that indeed.

ZodTheRipper1294d ago

After they aquired Double Helix I was hoping for a real gaming console tbh I'm definately not interested anymore. And the name sucks, "Amazon Fire TV"?

ThunderSpark1294d ago

Is it just me or does the controller look similar to a Xbox controller?

alexkoepp1294d ago

Xbox has the best controller layout, no surprise they copied it

Rainstorm811293d ago


Nice way to pass an opinion off as fact....SMH

dmeador1293d ago


You're really shaking your head that he didn't put 'imo' when he clearly stated one?

VforVideogames1293d ago

The controller has the PS4 design and the XB1layout

palaeomerus1293d ago

"The controller has the PS4 design and the XB1layout"

Nope. It looks like the Onlive controller only with spit thumb sticks.

il-JumperMT1293d ago

Remind me why playstation controller has grammy awards and xbox one doesnt

Ritsujun1293d ago

LOL @ alexkoepp's taste.

frostypants1293d ago (Edited 1293d ago )

Living room devices that are media first, gaming second never succeed. This is the 3DO all over again, albeit cheaper.

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nrvalleytime1294d ago

That's the kicker - by itself, the top set is just $99. You'll get your value from there if you want it just for top-set purposes.

But the controller is an additional $39.99 - that is where Amazon will make money. I can't imagine the controller components cost that much initially, so, combining purchases on the game store and the initial purchase of the controller, you're looking at quite the back-end profit.

thehitman1293d ago

xbox and playstation controllers are $59.99 so no I dont think the profit is in the controller. Its just an add-on that adds value to the box as a gaming device for your tv. This is probably very smart by amazon because I dont think they could just jump in head first spec for spec against the ps4/xb1 and gain market share. They would have to invade living rooms another way and gradually work their way up.

kayoss1294d ago (Edited 1294d ago )

its a Vita Tv??? no its a flatten Ouya??.. wait its only $129.99!!!

snyder2nyce1293d ago

The hardware is two years old most flagship phones from late 2012 and later destroys this thing. Snapdragon S4pro+adreno320= Nexus 4

frostypants1293d ago

@snyder2nyce, yep! There's a reason why they showcased Minecraft. Fantastic game, but it's about as much as this thing could pull off.

Back-to-Back1294d ago

Makes no sense for amazon to make a set top box.

Gamers will choose xbox one or ps4.

The apps they offer are on most smart tvs. Ill bet any money amazon wont support this thing for more than 6-12 months.

And btw that might be the ugliest controller I have ever saw. It manages to take the onlive controller and make it worse(hard to do).

ger23961294d ago

But not everyone owns a smart tv. The controller somewhat resembles the Xbox one controller.

cyguration1293d ago

ger is correct. A lot of people only have HDTVs, so instead of buying a new TV to watch TV on your TV, you can just buy the Amazon set top box.

Rainstorm811293d ago

Or buy Google Chromecast which is cheaper than the Fire TV controller if u just want streaming capabilities

xActionBasturdx1293d ago

This interests me alot because i was going to buy a vizio smart tv for like $700...but with this i can keep my regular samsung hd tv and make it smart for a fraction of the price. I might look into getting this in a few months, just gotta see who's gonna support it

avengers19781293d ago

Well I think there going for non gamers here, they compare it to Apple TV, or a rokou box, but added games to it. It's a set top box first, and a gaming machine second.
They really have the name recognition to make this work, but to get the full value out of this device you need an amazon prime membership too, so really your looking at a 240$ investment if you want the whole shebang.

frostypants1293d ago (Edited 1293d ago )

@avengers1978, but that's just it...someone who cares about games is likely going to run with a PS3/360/PS4/One. Someone who mainly cares about streaming is going to buy a Roku or Chromecast. The only niche this appeals to are people who want streaming and very casual gaming, AND want to pay a premium for that very casual gaming. I don't doubt that there are people like that, but hardly enough to make this successful. Hell, I already have Amazon Prime and I'm not even a little bit intrigued.

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Aleithian1294d ago

As they say, it's meant for people who don't have consoles. As it is, I have consoles, can stream TV and movie content, and don't give two craps about Android gaming. I'm pretty sure my sentiment is repeated by many millions of gamers. So they might find themselves with a niche market, but they certainly won't be challenging X1, PS4, or PC in any sense.

rdgneoz31293d ago

If you checked the specs out for the system (2 GB ram, 8 GB storage), don't think they'll be challenging any PC or next gen console.

chaosdemon091293d ago

Bingo. Android gaming no where's near the gaming we have now on the ps4,PC or xbone. As I stated before this is a swing and miss. Yes they made there own games and have EA signed on. If they made this thing just as powerful as the ps4 and said we have alot of devs working on games for us. Revealed some exclusives from big company's like EA that ps4 and xbone used to have then that be a game changer. This thing in terms of streaming and gaming does less then the ps3 and Xbox360 does. I get there trying to get in the gaming market but seriously no one in that office said...gamers are nuts.. You can't come at them with last gen specs and think your going to win them over. I just can't understand what goes though these billion dollar companies heads. Stick to what your good at and make it better. Trying to get in a market you have no clue about is dumb. With all there money they could have bought Sony and then shook up the gaming industry but this is just going to get people hooked in for streaming. Not gaming.

Magicite1294d ago

meh, nowadays almost any big corp wanna make an android console.

3-4-51294d ago

* So they are going after the people who don't like gaming enough to buy a console, buy offering them.............A console?

* Once somebody goes from mobile only to playing with a controller, they will then realize there are better consoles, with better games, and better controllers, for not much more.

* For $150, I'd rather have a 3DS/Vita b or put it towards a Wii U,XB1,PS4

Mystogan1293d ago (Edited 1293d ago )

For some reason. Every controller that has asymmetric analog sticks "look like" Xbox controllers.

this controller looks nothing like an Xbox Controller. Only the analog sticks are placed the same way.

miyamoto1293d ago (Edited 1293d ago )

Yup the sega saturn came up with that analog placement for their 3D controller and the Sega Dreamcast put real triggers on it and reduced ABC XYZ face buttons to just BA YX which MS copied to this day.

ITPython1293d ago (Edited 1293d ago )

Oh I dunno, perhaps the same exact lettering on the buttons has something to do with it as well. And the analog stick placement... and the d-pad placement... and it is just as bulky... and it has the same battery configuration/look (check the last pic in the link)...

Also the controller even has the same styling/shape on the parts which rest in your palm. The controllers silhouette is a near perfect copy of an xbox controller.

Although they did use the R1/R2 wording for the triggers vs whatever the heck the xbox uses.

It's a xbox controller clone without a shred of doubt.

Bigpappy1293d ago

@Mystogan: I agree. Most here are saying they look alike because the sticks are in similar positions. But even if it resembles the Xbox controller, that is doesn't suddenly make it desirable. The big draw to the Xbox controller is how comfortable it feels while using it. The only thing about the looks of it that stand out is the high quality of the finish. The comfort even after many hours is what amazes me the most about Xbox controllers. I tried some cheaper clones, and the OEM versions are worth the extra coin. No even close.

Tiqila1293d ago (Edited 1293d ago )

It resembles the onlive controller. There is only very slight similarity between this one and an xbox controller.

Unlike the xbox controller this one looks cheap and uncomfortable.

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ITPython1293d ago

Wow, the controller couldn't be any more of a xbox clone controller. I think that confirms that they were really thinking about buying the xbox division, and may confirm that it still could happen (makes for an easier transition when the customers need to start using the actual xbox controller). Plus the device fits well with the MS mantra of TV TV TV TV TV TV!!!!

frostypants1293d ago

People who want to see Xbox controllers see them everywhere. It looks no more like an Xbox controller than the Xbox controller looks like an N64 controller.

sentury1111293d ago

At least Amazon got the Controller analogue layout correct.

TAURUS-5551293d ago

fire tv...XD

sound like something related to hunger games fire whatever

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kalbo141294d ago (Edited 1294d ago )

would be nice to compete with ouya..if this is running on android i might pick it up..

speaking of controller. can someone tell me which one is a good ps4 charging station?.
2. sony official
3. power A (sony licensed)
4. nyko

thanks guys

Detoxx1294d ago (Edited 1294d ago )

5. The cable you get with the PS4.

kalbo141294d ago (Edited 1294d ago )

i wont be bothering asking for a suggestion if i want to use the cable..simple stupid logic brother use the brain one time.. april fools has pass and your still acting as a fool wake up

nunley331294d ago

Lol i say neither but i did see someone putting out an extended battery for the DS4.

rdgneoz31293d ago

Here's a cheap idea:

get an extension cord and buy a USB wall charger (both of which are cheap) to hook the cable you got with the PS4 to it.

dmeador1293d ago


I think logic would dictate you not ask questions about the best PS4 charger on an article about a new Amazon console. Also thanks for my daily dose of irony in your post, haha

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ThatArtGuy1294d ago

I have the official Sony charging station. It's pretty nice and does its job.

kayoss1294d ago

I had good experiences with Nyko. I have one for my PS3 and PS4.

R-A-S-01294d ago

I don't have one but I've heard the official Sony one's the best way to go. Hard as balls to find here in the UK though

Kidmyst1294d ago

I used to charge my PS3 controllers with the USB on my Charter Motorola cable box. But when I plug the PS4 controller in, well it re-boots the cable box :) kinda funny really.

ziggurcat1294d ago

unless you have multiple controllers, a charging station is unnecessary - in which case, the cable + standby mode is your best option.

however, if i were to get one once i got around to getting a second controller, it'd likely be the official one.

arkard1293d ago

I got a cheap chinese one off of ebay and got a usb wall charger for it. Cost about 10$ total and lets me charge 2 controllers at once. Works great!

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ArbitorChief1294d ago

Sounds interesting if you want digital media content, but if you have a console already or a Tablet, you don't really need this, but it's cool to see Amazon entering the gaming industry.

YodaCracker1294d ago

I like the analog stick placement on the controller.

DigitalRaptor1293d ago

Do you have asymmetrical hands? Or just what you're used to?