This morning Amazon announced their FireTV set-top box. So far there’s no pricing on it yet, but we do have pricing on their game controller, which we saw leak out a few weeks ago. It actually looks a lot like the Nyko Playpad controller, which we reviewed earlier this year. The game controller for the FireTV is going to set you back about $40, but does come with 1000 Amazon coins.
The Amazon FireTV supports basically all Android-based games, and a few others like Minecraft. Amazon execs are on stage now demoing Minecraft and Gameloft’s Asphalt 8 on the FireTV and it looks really nice. Once more, Amazon’s gaming studio – which they bought a few months ago – are building games specifically for the FireTV. Which is going to be rather interesting. Not sure if it’s going to help Amazon sell more FireTV units or not. Of course, they’ll sell more if they actually announce the pricing for the FireTV. Amazon also has game studios like 2k, Ubisoft and Take-Two on-board for developing titles for the FireTV.
So far, we haven’t been amazed by the FireTV, but Amazon is still announcing the set-top box at their event right now. So we may change our minds soon. There may not be a big reason to switch from Roku or Chromecast to the FireTV, especially if you can’t use your Android smartphone or tablet with it.
Are any of you thinking of picking up the new FireTV from Amazon when it goes on sale? Or does it depend on the pricing for this set-top box? Let us know in the comments down below.