Amazon has announced its long awaited Apple TV competitor, the FireTV, today. The device is a simple looking small black box, pretty much like the Apple TV without the rounded corners. Also, it supports a lot of the same services, including Netflix, Pandora, Hulu Plus, and of course, Amazon Prime.
It has a powerful quad-core processor, dedicated GPU, 2 GB of memory, and dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi and bluetooth connectivity. It also features a fast, fluid interface, high definition 1080p video, and Dolby Digital Plus surround sound. Another addition is the exclusive new feature called ASAP that predicts what movies and TV episodes you’ll want to watch and gets them ready to stream instantly because “No one likes waiting for videos to buffer”.
The remote is connected with the FireTV through bluetooth so you don’t have to worry about any IR sensors. The remote also features a built-in microphone that lets users search for movies, TV shows and more using their voice. Amazon demoed this on stage by saying “John Malkovich,” and FireTV returned everything Malkovich has ever been in incredibly quick.
FireTV supports 1080p content streaming and Dolby digital sound, and connectivity options include HDMI, Ethernet, USB, and an optical out. There’s also an accompanying game controller (above), which will cost $40.With this controller, the FireTV places a big focus on gaming.Also, with the Fire TV you can play blockbuster titles like Minecraft, The Walking Dead, Monsters University and an Amazon exclusive Sev Zero. They demoed Mincraft onstage and the game ran pretty smoothly without any glitches all thanks to its powerful quad core processor and GPU.
You can read the full PR text on Amazon’s homepage.