As expected, Amazon has announced that the 2nd generation Fire TV Stick, which was released in the US last October, is coming to the UK and Germany. The quad-core streaming stick is now available for pre-order in the UK for £39.99 and in Germany for 39,99 €. In addition to being a much more capable device than its predecessor, thanks to its quad-core 1.3 Ghz Mediatek 8127D processor, Mali-450 GPU, and 802.11ac WiFi, the all-new Fire TV Stick 2 comes with a voice remote and full Alexa capabilities. Read more ›
Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee has just dropped down to $0.99. This matches the lowest price this game has ever been. This is the prequel to Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath, which has been a very popular title among Fire TV gamers and has alos just dropped to $0.99 today. Both of these games were originally released on the Xbox, so these are full console caliber games. This game is full of puzzles, depth, and a hilarious script. Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee is oddly only compatible with the 2nd-gen Fire TV and 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick. It also requires a game controller to play.
All four Final Fantasy games have just gone on sale for $7.99 each. That matches the lowest price any of these games have been. This is a great role-playing game series packed with dozens of hours of gameplay in each game. All four games are compatible with both the 1st and 2nd-gen Fire TV, as well as the new 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick. They’re marked as compatible with the remote control, but you’ll probably want to play these with a game controller, which is currently still on sale, to really enjoy them.
A new software update, carrying version number 18.104.22.168 (build 565189420), just popped up on Amazon’s source code notice page. The update is currently listed under the 2nd-gen Fire TV and the 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick. There is a very good chance this update will include the new revamped user interface that is expected to arrive by the end of the year. Amazon said the new interface would come to 2nd-gen devices first, so it makes sense this new software version is currently only listed under 2nd-gen devices. Fire TV 1 and Fire TV Stick 1 devices will get the new interface later this year.
I haven’t heard of anyone getting this new update yet, so I don’t know if it’s already rolling out. Be sure to comment below if you receive this update and let us know what has changed.
Amazon’s Black Friday Sales are now live! The Amazon Fire TV Stick 2 w/ Voice Remote is $29.99. This is the lowest price this model has ever been, since it’s the first time it has ever gone on sale. This is a fantastic price for such a new and powerful device. Be sure to place your orders quick, because this is sure to sell out. Don’t forget to check out all the other Black Friday deals on Amazon devices.
The game RETSNOM has just gone on sale for the first time for $0.99. This award winning puzzle game just got released earlier this week. It utilizes a unique mirroring feature that has you flip elements in the game world to solve puzzles. There are 61 levels spread across 5 different worlds with a time-traveling element that results in two possible endings. The game is compatible with the 1st and 2nd-gen Fire TV, and the new Fire TV Stick 2. You will need a game controller to play.
Doom & Destiny, a very popular award winning Japanese role-playing game, has just gone on sale for $0.99. That price matches the lowest price this game has ever been. This is one of the most highly reviewed games in the Fire TV appstore, with a 4.5 star rating from nearly 700 reviewers. Doom & Destiny offers over 25 hours of gameplay without any in-app purchases. The game is compatible with the Fire TV and the new Fire TV Stick 2, but does require a game controller to play.
The all-new Amazon Fire TV Stick 2 is unquestionablly more powerful than the first generation model it repalces. Nowhere is that more evident than with the new device’s game selection. A vast majority of the best games in the Fire TV app store used to only be available to Fire TV box owners, but the improved performance of the new Fire TV Stick 2 has now made a large portion of those games accessible on a much less expensive device. Amazon’s site currently indicates there are 182 games that are compatible with the new Fire TV Stick 2, which are not compatible with the first generation Fire TV Stick.
Notably still missing from the Fire TV Stick 2’s app library are popular games like Minecraft, Terraria, the Telltale games, and the GTA games. However, top games like Doom & Destiny, Shovel Knight, Leo’s Fortune, SHADOWGUN, Disney games, and dozens more are now playable on a device that costs less than some game controllers. I’ve put together a list of 48 games that caught my eye, which are not compatible with the old Fire TV Stick but are compatible with the new one. Read more ›
Amazon says the new Fire TV Stick 2 is 30% faster than the previous generation Fire TV Stick, however they don’t clarify on how they came up with that figure. While I don’t have the new device on hand to run through benchmark tests, I do have the next best thing, and that’s the Fire 7″ tablet. That’s because the Fire TV Stick 2 and the Fire tablet use the exact same CPU, GPU, and RAM. The two devices probably won’t perform exactly the same, but with identical hardware where it counts the most, the Fire tablet is a perfect substitute to give us a pretty good idea of the new Fire TV Stick 2’s performance. Here’s a CPU and GPU comparison of a theoretical Fire TV Stick 2 compared to all 3 other Fire TV models. Read more ›
The new Fire TV Stick 2 may look exactly like the previous generation Fire TV Stick, but the new model is notably larger. It probably won’t matter to most, but for those of you who already have a hard time fitting the current Fire TV Stick between other HDMI connectors, know that it will be even more difficult with the new model. Thankfully though, the new Fire TV Stick 2 includes an HDMI extender cable, like was included with the non-voice Fire TV Stick; not the female HDMI adapter that was included with the Fire TV Stick with Voice remote bundle which required an HDMI cable to be used.
The voice remote that comes with the new Fire TV Stick 2 appears to be exactly the same as the existing WiFi-direct based voice remote that comes with the Fire TV 2. The dimensions are identical and the images Amazon is using are pixel-for-pixel identical to the existing voice remote images. The fact that there hasn’t been an FCC submission for a new voice remote is also a good indicator that they’re using the same one. As for whether the included voice remote is the more expensive soft-touch plastic variety or the cheaper hard plastic type, I would guess it’s the cheaper one since the buttons don’t appear to be shiny.