It wasn’t an April Fool’s joke, guys: Amazon unveiled its own new video and game streaming device, Amazon Fire TV, during a press conference today in New York.
Amazon Fire TV is an Android-based, video and game streaming machine, running on a dedicated GPU and 2GB of RAM. A direct competitor to Roku, Apple TV and Chromecast, the device comes with a unique remote controller the includes a voice activated microphone in it, allowing you to navigate Fire TV’s interface by simply speaking.
Fire TV will include applications for all your usual video services such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, WWE Network, Twitch, etc. It’ll also have a slew of game developer support from the likes of third-party publishers such as Ubisoft and EA, and Minecraft is among the first games announced to be receiving a port for the device.
While I doubt this will contend with the PS4 and Xbox One in the gaming space, I have to say, Fire TV has the potential to be a contender, carving out it’s own corner of the growing gaming market, while continuing to sell itself as a video device. You can pick one of these bad boys up today here, for $99.