Amazon has decided to focus on improving video playback capabilities and affordability with the new Fire TV 3 by adding support for HDR and higher frame rate 4K video at a price that’s $30 less than the Fire TV 2 was when it first launched. Making improvements in certain areas while simultaneously lowering the cost means that something had to give and, in the case of the Fire TV 3, it’s gaming performance that suffers most, which is not as good as the Fire TV 2 it replaces. Thankfully, though, the Fire TV 3 is compatible with both the current Amazon Fire TV Game Controller and the previous generation Amazon Fire Game Controller as well as most Fire TV games. Read more ›
I would love to be wrong about this, but it appears as though Amazon’s 2nd generation Fire TV Game Controller and 2nd generation Fire TV Voice Remote are not compatible with Element’s Fire TV Edition televisions. Nothing I tried could get them to pair with the TV. It’s not too big of an issue that the voice remote doesn’t work, as long as you don’t lose the one that comes with the TV, since Amazon does not yet sell replacements. The bigger issue is the Fire TV Game Controller, since that is the only official game controller that Amazon makes anymore. Read more ›
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 Amazon Fire TV Game Controller has just gone on sale for $39.99. This is only the third time Amazon’s official controller has ever gone on sale. The lowest it has ever been was $34.99, but it’s unlikely to go that low again anytime soon, considering how rarely it goes on sale to begin with. Amazon’s Fire TV Game Controller is compatible with all Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models, both 1st and 2nd generation devices. The only caveat is that the built-in headphone jack only works with the Fire TV 2, but all other features, including the Alexa voice mic, work with all Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models. While there are many game controllers that work with Fire TV devices, nothing beats the perfect compatibility you get with the official game controller from Amazon.
You can currently buy the Amazon Fire TV Game Controller for $34.99 if you use promo code SAVE15 at checkout. This is the new lowest price that Amazon’s 2nd-gen game controller has ever been. This is only the second time Amazon’s official game controller has ever dropping below its regular price of $49.99, so act fast if you’ve been waiting for this very rare occasion. Amazon’s Fire TV Game Controller is compatible with all Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models, both 1st and 2nd generation devices. The only caveat is that the built-in headphone jack only works with the Fire TV 2, but all other features, including the Alexa voice mic, work with all Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models. While there are many game controllers that work with Fire TV devices, nothing beats the perfect compatibility you get with the official game controller from Amazon.
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.
As part of the accessories sale that is going on today, the Amazon Fire TV Game Controller is on sale for $37.49 today only. This is the first time the new controller has ever been on sale. If you’ve been considering buying this controller or waiting for a sale, act quickly because it is extremely rare for Amazon to put their game controller on sale. From when it was announced until it was discontinued and replaced by the one on sale today, the previous generation controller litterally never went on sale.
The Fire TV Game Controller is compatible with both 1st and 2nd-gen Fire TVs, as well as the Fire TV Stick. It connects via WiFi direct for improved range and battery life over Bluetooth controllers. It has all the capabilities of the Fire TV voice remote, including a microphone for Alexa and voice searches. One thing unique to this controller is a headphone jack built into the bottom that allows you to privately listen to your Fire TV’s audio without disturbing people around you. The headphone jack works with all audio, including movies and shows, not just games. Note that the headphone jack is only compatible with the Fire TV 2.
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.
Now that Fire OS 5 has arrived on all Fire TV models, and I’ve taken an initial look at the changes it brings on the surface, I’ve been digging deeper into the guts of the update. One thing I’ve found is Amazon has increased the number of 3rd-party game controllers that the Fire TV recognizes. There are dozens of different USB and bluetooth controllers that work with the Fire TV, but most of them don’t have dedicated key layout files in the Fire TV’s operating system. Fire OS 5 comes with around double the key layout files as Fire OS 3, with new support for controllers from Razer, Logitech, Mad Catz, and more. Read more ›
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