Amazon Unveils $99 TV Streaming/Gaming Unit
Amazon’s new Fire TV unit will include optional gaming features including exclusive titles.
The long rumored unit was unveiled today in a presentation showcasing a variety of media functions including video streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and Amazon Instant Video. While Amazon will, of course, emphasize its Instant Video service, it has said that will also integrate a “best value” feature that shows users the cheapest place to find the content they’re interested in. The unit itself costs $99 and packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8064 SoC, 2GB of DDR3 memory and 8GB of non-expandable memory.
On the gaming front, the Fire will give buyers potential access to over a 1,000 free games as well as a variety of paid titles that will cost, on average, about $2 each. To play these, customers will need to buy a special gamepad that will cost an additional $40. The gamepad will also come with a 1,000 Amazon coins; virtual currency that can be used to buy games.
While many of these games will be existing properties such as Minecraft and The Walking Dead, Amazon will also be releasing original games for Fire via its Amazon Game Studio. In example, the retailer revealed Sev Zero, a hybrid shooter tower defense title already available for sale in the Amazon app store for $6.99. The Fire itself can currently be purchased online at Amazon.