Amazon is running a new promotion which gives you 550 Amazon Coins for free (a $5 value) when you purchase the Fire TV Game Controller. This is a great deal because the game controller is already on sale for $39.99, which is down from its regular price of $49.99. The combination of the sale price and free coins makes this the best deal ever for the official game controller. Unfortunately, click the terms and conditions link on the promotion page takes you to information about Amazon coins, and not this specific promotion, so there’s no way to know how long this deal will last. After purchasing the game controller, your 550 coins will automatically be added to your account’s coin balance within 48 hours.
The Nyko Cygnus game controller has been steadily dropping in price, by about $1 a day, all week and is currently at an all-time low of $11.79. I had high hopes for this controller when it first came out at the start of this year, but unfortunately it gave me Bluetooth connectivity issues with the Fire TV 1 and Fire TV Stick, as I explain in my review. It worked well with the Fire TV 2, so if you have that device or don’t mind using it as a wired controller through its USB port, it’s a good buy at this price. If you’re interested, be sure to act fast because the price will likely jump up as a result of this post.
Acorn Assault, a turn-based game with a match-3 combat system, has just dropped down to $0.99. This is the lowest price this game has ever been. Acorn Assault was specifically designed for the Fire TV and is not a port of a mobile app. This game has no ads or in-app purchases, so you’re getting the full uninterrupted experience. The game is compatible with all Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models, but does require a game controller to play.
When the Nyko Cygnus game controller was first announced, it looked like it might be a great alternative to Amazon’s pricey Fire TV Game Controller. While the controller itself is built well and feels good to use, as my review explains, I experienced Bluetooth connection issues on all Fire TV models except the 2nd-gen Fire TV. The controller is currently priced at $14.08 on Amazon, and has been dropping by about $1 per day during the last week. If you’re in the market for a game controller and have a Fire TV 2, or are willing to fallback on using it as a wired USB controller, you may want to keep a close eye on this controller and try to pick one up when it reaches the end of its steady price decline.
The new Nyko Cygnus Android game controller has just gone on sale for $19.99. This is the first time this controller has dropped below its regular price of $24.99. I reviewed this controller earlier this year, when it was first released, and found it was a good alternative to the Amazon controller for Fire TV 2 owners, but I experienced connection issues with the Fire TV 1 and Fire TV Stick when using it through Bluetooth. The Nyko Cygnus can connect through either Bluetooth or a USB cable.
Amazon is currently running a promotion where they’ll take $10 off your total when you buy the 2nd-gen Fire TV and the new Fire TV Game Controller together. It’s not much of a discount, but it’s significant since Amazon has literally never put any of their game controllers, new or old, on sale. Buying a Fire TV and the game controller with this promo will cost the same as the Fire TV Gaming Edition. The difference is you’ll essentially be trading the 32GB microSD card and two free games, which come included with the Fire TV Gaming Edition, for a Fire TV voice remote, which does not come with the gaming edition. Simply add both the Fire TV and the game controller to your cart and you’ll automatically see a $10 discount labeled “Controller Discount” when you checkout.
With the addition of a new voice remote and the switch from bluetooth to wifi based connectivity, there seems to be some confusion about the various Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick remotes and game controllers. Here’s a list of all the different remotes and controllers that exist, along with their specifications to help clear up the confusion. Read more ›
Packaged within the latest Amazon Fire TV software update was an update for the Fire TV Voice Remote, but it wasn’t the only peripheral to receive some attention. The Amazon Fire TV Game Controller has received its first update, taking it from v65 to v66. As always, Amazon has provided no information about this update, other than the fact that it exists. Follow my remote and controller software guide to learn how to install the new update.
Both the Amazon Fire TV Voice Remote and Game Controller are capable of receiving software updates. These updates come packaged inside the main Fire TV software update, meaning they are not downloaded separately. After your Fire TV updates, it’s important to check if a remote or controller update is available because remote and controller updates are not installed automatically. In this guide, I’ll show you how to check for a remote or controller update, and how to install it if it is available. Read more ›
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The PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 controller is one of the best alternate game controllers that easily connects to the Amazon Fire TV right out of the box. The only problem with the controller is that the Fire TV sees it as the official Amazon Fire Game Controller which results in some buttons being mapped incorrectly. User lilcza1 on the XDA-Developer forums has created a custom android keylayout (.kl) file which correctly maps the DualShock 4 buttons. Read on for our guide on how to install the custom key layout file. Read more ›
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