Comparing Amazon’s Fire TV with Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Roku boxes

Comparing Amazon’s Fire TV with Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Roku boxes

LA Times:

The Amazon Fire TV has a Second Screen feature that lets users “fling” Amazon content onto their TVs from their Kindle Fire HDX tablets. This feature will be made available to the iPhone and iPad later this year. The Amazon Fire TV can also mirror the screen of users’ Amazon tablets.

Similar to Apple’s AirPlay feature, it will be interesting to see if it is as easy and reliable as Apple’s solution.

The Amazon Fire TV stands out from the rest thanks to the extra focus Amazon placed on video gaming. Users can use the device to play thousands of games, many of which are free while the rest will be available for purchase – costing $1.85 each on average. Games from notable studios, including EA and Disney, will be available. Amazon is off to a strong start with the inclusion of popular game “Minecraft-Pocket Edition.”

Users can play games using the included remote, the Fire TV mobile app that will launch later or by buying the Fire TV Game Controller, which looks like a traditional video game controller. It sells seperately for $39.99.

This is where Apple TV lags behind at the moment and although you can AirPlay games from your iOS device to your Apple TV, stand-alone you can’t. Although it might not be for long.

Via The Loop.