Today Amazon officially announced the new Fire TV, which has long been expected since the Fire TV went out of stock almost everywhere a few weeks ago.
Here is a short rundown of what is in the new Fire TV. We will post more updates once we learn more about the Fire TV.
As expected the Fire TV is the first of the big five streaming devices to offer a standalone 4K streaming box. The addition of 4K is a huge plus for the Fire TV and will help it stand out from other standalone streaming boxes like the Roku, Apple TV, and Chromecast.
With Amazon releasing 4K original content on Amazon Instant it was only a matter of time before Amazon released a 4K TV.
New Remote and Game Controller
The new Fire TV will have a new remote and a new game controller that is also backwards compatible with the Fire TV Stick. These run off Wi-Fi, a move Amazon believes will provide better performance compared to devices running off Bluetooth.
The addition of a dedicated gaming controller gives the Fire TV a leg up on the Apple TV in gaming. The Apple TV forces all game developers to run their games off the Apple TV remote. The Fire TV allows them to create a game that will run only with the Fire TV gaming controller, allowing developers more options in how to create games and offering easier porting of PS4 and Xbox One games.
All Fire TVs will soon have Alexa support, allowing the Fire TV to stand out from anything currently on the market. Apple TV will be adding Siri when the new Apple TV comes out at the end of October, and it should be a great battle to see which voice search is more powerful because on paper they look similar.
After we get our hands on both we will do a detailed side-by-side testing of each devices voice search.
The new fire TV now has a micro SD slot to expand your available storage.
The new Fire TV is a very powerful feature-rich device. It may even be the most feature-rich set-top box of the five bestselling set-top boxes currently on the market. We won’t know how they all line up until we can get our hands on the new Apple TV and the new Fire TV.
You can preorder yours on Amazon here: