Why are so many companies gunning for your living room? I just finished taking a look at Amazon's Fire TV and it could be pretty cool in the future, but right now it isn't really a must-have device for your living room. The reason I say this is because most of its 100 launch titles are not meant for your TV screen. And there really isn't many games on the Fire TV that are.
This is the problem that all Android consoles have in common. Games that are designed for them are not meant for the living room, they are meant for train or bus rides, or for short escapes while you are out and about. Not only that, the power of the Android consoles is nothing impressive. (Not that it is meant to be) The Amazon Fire TV is a tiny box that will fit almost anywhere in your entertainment center (4.5 x 4.5 inches) and features a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, an Adreno 320 GPU, and 2GB of memory. While this makes it more powerful than its other Android console competitors, it leaves it lacking when compared to the main console giants.
But this isn't a complete killer for the Fire TV, Amazon recently purchased some development studios as well as hired some developers such as Portal designer Kim Swift and Far Cry 2 designer Clint Hocking. This could lead to some really cool exclusive games for the Kindle Fire TV, but those would be much later in the future and as of right now the console is comparable to the Roku.
The only thing that the Fire TV has going for it right now is its $100 price tag. But in all honesty it would probably be better to dish out the extra $130 to pick up a Wii U. This of course is if you are buying the console for gaming specifically. I'm sure that Amazon is trying to cater to a different crowd with this device, but then why would they hire some decently big names to work for them?
I don't think that this device will be a must have for a gamer. It might have a hit or two in a few years, but most of the games that will be designed for this will also be games that can be played on your smartphone. Which is where they are most likely meant to be played.
The last thing I want to mention is the Fire TV controller. It seems like a bit of a knockoff of a 360 controller, and functions as such. But it isn't really necessary for most of the games that are on the system. I really have never had the thought, "Oh man, Plants vs. Zombies would be just oh so much better if I could play it with a gamepad." And to be honest I really don't think it would be.
All I know is that even though I sort of worship Amazon and own their tablet, I don't really see the value of the Fire TV taking up space in my entertainment center. I mean I would most likely use it for Amazon Prime streaming and I already have 4 devices in my entertainment center that can do that.
So, what does everyone think of Android consoles in general? Are you interested in them? What feature would the Fire TV need to make it trump its competitors?