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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2014 7:11 am    Post subject: Amazon Fire TV - Congratz to Lotan Reply with quote

Lotan, I saw your Facebook post.

"Amazon launches Fire TV, an Android-powered streaming and gaming set-top box for $99"
http://www.engadget.com/2014/04/02/amazon-announces-android-powered-streaming-stick/

http://www.engadget.com/2014/04/02/fire-tv-gamepad-hands-on/

http://www.engadget.com/2014/04/02/amazons-fire-tv-hands-on/

Do the games have to be specially ported to the Fire TV? Will any game in the Amazon app store work?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2014 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A: Thanks. Out of all the projects I've worked on here, this is probably the one I'm the most proud of. My team handled most of the game playing support on the device. My team = Me and another dude most of the time. Sometimes there were three of us. Most of the work happened in about a 2 month span where I barely saw the outside world. I'm glad to be on the other side of that now, but also pretty proud of it.

B: Specifically ported? No, I don't think so. I don't know exactly what the ingestion process is for apps. Mostly it just needs to support a controller. It's pretty easy. I believe the device even supports a 360 controller via usb(Don't quote me on that)

http://www.reddit.com/r/Android/comments/220pbh/amazon_fire_tv_officially_announced/cgibsvq

I'm glad they advertised it the way they did. I was concerned they were going to sell it as a game console, and I think pitting it against something like the Xbox one is just a terrible idea. Against a Roku or Apple TV? Sure.

It's a pretty fun casual gamer device. My girlfriend and I played "You don't know Jack" on it for a few hours the other night and some Rayman and had a really good time. She really liked it.

I bought one for my nephews.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 3:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was thinking if you created a Wiimote type remote control then any game would work if you could redirect the 'touches' via the Wiimote type remote.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Partly critical review from The Associated Press.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/review-fire-tv-device-great-but-not-fully-ready/2014/04/03/80158f5c-bb60-11e3-80de-2ff8801f27af_story.html
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah. I've seen a few. It's mostly been pretty positive, and my piece (Games) being more of a add on bonus than the main selling point puts me in a pretty good position. The controller add on is already sold out(Shipping April 24th now), so it seems someone is enthused enough to have bought one.

I can honestly say that I think, from my side, we've developed a better product than the Ouya, and it'll only get better.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 3:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't have the link currently but I read that someone was able to root the Fire TV already.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 5:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mines been rooted for months!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 2:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read about this on another msg board. The Fire TV will work with the Ouya controller and other BT gamepads? You do not have to buy the Fire TV controller?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pretty much any standard BT controller I think. It also works with a wired 360 controller.

The bomb squad dude seems to have gotten 12 player running on it:

http://www.reddit.com/r/fireTV/comments/22xxev/12_player_bombsquad_on_firetv/
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 5:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've pretty much decided to get one. I gave my Roku to my parents. I'll probably order the Fire TV tomorrow.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Let me know what you hate. I don't have a say in anything not related to games, but I can probably pass the feedback along.
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