Fire TV goes 4K as Amazon unveils its next-gen streaming media players

Amazon’s new fall hardware lineup has just made its debut, and we’ve already taken a look at the new Fire tablets that will bring, including the Fire HD 8, Fire HD 10, Fire Kids Edition, and the crazy budget-priced $50 Fire tablet. That all adds up to a great start, but we’re not done quite yet: Amazon’s also got some new devices for your living room, and today also reveals the new Fire TV, Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote, and Fire TV Gaming Edition.

The new Fire TV moves from its old Snapdragon 600 to a 2GHz MediaTek SoC, and picks up 4K support in the process. Like the first-gen device, there’s 8GB of onboard storage (with room for microSD expansion) and 2GB of RAM. And while wired Ethernet is still an option, support for high-speed 802.11ac MIMO WiFi means you can keep your setup wire-free while still enjoying high-bandwidth content. Pre-orders are open now, with the box priced at just about $100. Amazon will get shipments started on October 5.

The Fire TV Gaming Edition takes that new Fire TV, then adds a 32GB microSD card, a couple games, and the all-important wireless gaming controller. For those, you’ll pay a $40 premium over the stand-alone Fire TV, bringing the price up to $140. Amazon will also release this bundle on October 5.

Finally, we’ve got the new Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote. Truth be told, it’s just the remote that’s new here – the Fire TV Stick appears to be the same we’ve always had, but the new remote’s only available as a package deal. As you should have picked up on by the name, Amazon gives the Fire TV Stick voice control support with the arrival of this new remote, letting you speak aloud the name of programming you wish to watch, or access Amazon’s Alexa service. The Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote is up for pre-order now for $50 ($10 more than with the non-voice remote), and ships on October 22.


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