Amazon today unveiled its first generation Fire TV streaming box. The Fire TV will take on other media streaming solutions like Roku, Apple TV or Chromecast and bring in better hardware, faster user interface and new features.
Fire TV owners will be able to enjoy Netflix, Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, YouTube while listen to music with Amazon MP3, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn etc. Amazon has also added voice search through the Fire TV’s remote control.
The Fire TV is powered by Snapdragon 8064 quad-core 1.7GHz processor along with 2GB RAM, supports full HD playback and is certified with Dolby Digital Plus.
Fire TV will also add X-Ray for movies and TV shows, FreeTime, instant playback with no buffering and support for playing personal videos and photos through the Amazon Cloud Drive.
Fire TV is now available for $99.
Amazon also introduced the Fire game controller that is compatible with the Fire TV. The controller will pair with the device over Bluetooth and give a play time of up to 55 hours on a pair of AA batteries. It can also double up as a remote with multimedia buttons and is up for purchase from today for $39.99. The controller comes with a free Sev Zero game worth $6.99 and 1,000 Amazon coins worth $10.