Play Games on Your TV With Amazon Fire TV
Joining the ranks of Roku and TiVo, Amazon brought the Fire platform off mobile and into the living room. Amazon released their Fire TV set-top box, which allows users to not only stream video to their television, but games as well. With voice search and instant streaming, this small device brings gaming to your television for the price of $99.
Gaming, You Say?
Developed on the open-source Android operating system, the Fire TV system provides gamers with a bunch of games from both big name developers as well as indie developers. Games more than likely already found in the Amazon app store on other Fire devices are available on the Fire TV. Games such as:
- Minecraft Pocket Edition
- Asphalt 8
- The Game of Life
- Sev Zero.
People familiar with the Amazon app store know that most games are free. The company says the average price for a paid game is about $1.85.
But with a Remote?
While the Fire TV comes with a remote that is usable to play the games, Amazon is selling a gamepad controller separately. Fashioned after the Xbox and Playstation controllers, the Fire Game Controller has two joysticks, a d-pad, and four game pad buttons. The price for the controller is currently set to $39.99. It also doubles as a remote to control other features of the device.
Gaining prestige and achievements through gameplay is nothing new to gamers. Amazon includes GameCircle with their Fire TV. GameCircle is the company's global scoreboard, so to speak. Gamers can get access to leaderboards on various games as well as achievements earned while playing games on their device.
Second Screen Technology
Some games allow players to use a tablet application as a second screen (or companion) to the game on the device. Sev Zero, a tower defense game on Fire TV, has the companion app Sev Zero: Air Support. By utilizing second screen technology, Amazon allows players to each take a different role while playing together with the same game.
While the price and operating system puts the Fire TV in the same category as the Ouya. Biggest difference between the two is that the Ouya comes complete with controller and no remote, while the Amazon device has a remote and no controller. Both devices can stream content as well as games.