As expected, Amazon has also released a brand new Fire TV Game Controller along with the new Fire TV. The controller on its own costs $49.99 and is available in the US, the UK, and Germany. The new game controller features a microphone for voice-commands as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack to listen to the Fire TV’s audio privately. This new controller is compatible with all Fire TV models, including the existing first generation Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. However, the headphone jack will only work with the new Fire TV.
The new Fire TV Game controller comes with the game DuckTales: Remastered, a $9.99 value, for free. If you’re going to be buying both the new Fire TV and the new Fire TV Game Controller, you should absolutely buy the Fire TV Gameing Bundle. You’ll save $10 over buying the two separately and get a 32GB microSD card plus two free games, instead of one, for free.
This new controller is completely redesigned from the ground up. It connects to all Fire TV models via wifi direct instead of Bluetooth, like the old game controller used. Wifi direct reduces latency and significantly improves batterylife. Amazon says the new controller has intelligent power management which makes a pair of AA batteries last for up to 90 hours of gameplay without headphone use and up to 24 hours of gameplay with headphone use. Gone are the dedicated media buttons from the previous model. Instead, you just use the joystick to control playback if you’d like.
Purchased alone, the new Fire TV Game Controller will arrive on October 22nd, but will arrive on October 5th if purchased in the gaming bundle. Do realize though that the gaming bundle does not come with the standard voice remote.