The long rumored set-top box/gaming device from Amazon has finally been revealed. The device is called the "Amazon Fire TV" and it is available today for $99. The device offers consumers the ability to play games and stream video from Amazon's video streaming service, Amazon Prime.
The Fire TV is designed to compete with devices like Apple TV, Google's Chromecast, and Roku. Fire TV comes in a 0.7-inch-thick box featuring a quad-core CPU and 2 GB of RAM, a dedicated GPU, a dual-band wireless radio and two antennas. It features a remote that is capable of navigating using voice commands. The box can also be controlled via a smart phone with an app installed.
The system will have a dedicated controller that costs $39.99 and offers "1,000 Amazon Coins" that can be used to buy games.
Games set to be available on Fire TV include Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Asphalt 8: Airborne, and an endless runner based on Pixar's Monsters University. Amazon also said at the press event announcing the device today that Amazon Game Studios is working on original titles for Fire TV. Earlier this year, Amazon Game Studios acquired Killer Instinct developer Double Helix Games. Games will cost – on average – right around $1.85. Developers and publishers committed to bringing games to Fire TV include 2K Games, Disney, Double Fine Productions, Electronic Arts, Sega, Telltale Games and Ubisoft.
Twitch, Netflix, Hulu, MLB.TV, the WWE Network, Pandora and iTunes Radio, along with songs you've bought from Amazon, will also be available on Fire TV starting in May.
For more information on the device, check out here.