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Fire TV video review: a set-top box for gamers?

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Fire TV video review: a set-top box for gamers?

Amazon Fire TV is just another drop in an ocean of media streaming set-top boxes. It runs Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and Pandora, and sells for $99. In many ways, it's no different than other devices, like Roku and Apple TV.

Three factors distinguish the Fire TV from the competition: it's designed specifically to integrate with Amazon's streaming media services; its voice search functionality, and it can play Android-based video games on your television. Of these, its gaming capability is the most unique, and Amazon Game Studios is already releasing exclusive content for the system. But is that enough to justify picking one up?

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The Microconsole: Can Amazon's Fire TV succeed where others failed?

The Microconsole: Can Amazon's Fire TV succeed where others failed?

Amazon's Fire TV is the company's first attempt at a set-top box. However, unlike many of its competitors, Amazon is taking gaming very seriously, as evidenced by their recent acquisition of Double Helix Games and hiring of Portal creator Kim Swift. The company has numerous exclusives in the works.

But can Fire TV succeed where other Android-based consoles have not? For $100, it's clearly not going to go head-to-head with PS4 or Xbox One, but will Amazon be able to make an impact in the microconsole space?

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