Game On: Using the Amazon Fire TV as a Gaming Device

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Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) is hoping that consumers look at its Fire TV set-top box as more than just another entry into the already-crowded fight for the living room. One advantage the company is trying to use as leverage over the competition’s devices — including Apple TV (NASDAQ:AAPL), Roku, and Google¬†(NASDAQ:GOOG) Chromecast¬†– is the Fire TV’s ability to play video games. Which begs the question: Just how good of a gaming device is the Fire TV?

From a hardware perspective, it’s significantly more powerful than the other set-top boxes, which makes it capable of pushing nice-looking graphics to the screen. However, it’s significantly less powerful than the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, which is to be expected, seeing as it costs a fraction of the price of those gaming consoles.

In order to play most of the games available on the Fire TV, customers must first purchase the Amazon Fire Game Controller, which retails separately, for $39.99. Regarding the build quality of the controller, Apple Insider reports that “Chassis build quality is good, with zero flex and a matte finish that feels robust. Ergonomics are fair, though the grips are not what we would consider comfortable.” In addition, the publication found the buttons to be “mushy and unresponsive,” and the analog sticks to “[lack] proper sensitivity.”

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