Amazon’s Fire TV Game Controller is no longer available to purchase. A message on the product page states that the item is “under review” and the listing is “currently unavailable” due to customer feedback. This is very likely due to Amazon dropping support for their game controller on all newer generation Fire TV devices earlier this year. The product page states that the controller is only “compatible with Fire TV Stick,” but that doesn’t seem to be enough warning to avoid making numerous customers upset who purchased the controller thinking it would work with their newer Fire TV model.
The review rating of the Fire TV Game Controller has dropped from a 4.0 star to a 3.7 star since Amazon removed support for the controller on the Fire TV Cube and Fire TV 3 (pendant). Amazon’s game controller has been available for over 3 years, yet about a quarter of all 1 star reviews have come in during the last 3 months.
It’s a shame because Amazon’s Fire TV Game Controller is actually a fantastic device. It was introduced back in 2015 in conjunction with the 2nd-gen Fire TV, which was offered in a gaming edition bundle that included the controller. Later Fire TV models, including the Fire TV Stick 2, the Fire TV 3, and the Fire TV Cube, all supported the game controller as well.
The 1st generation Fire TV Edition televisions from Westinghouse and Element were the first Fire TV devices not to support the game controller. The 2nd generation Fire TV Edition televisions from Toshiba and Insignia also didn’t support the game controller, but that was to be expected. The Fire TV Stick 4K was the first Amazon hardware to launch without support for their own game controller and, as already stated, the Fire TV Cube and Fire TV 3 dropped support with a recent software update.
Amazon’s own hardware has gone “under review” in the past, only to become available again within a few hours, so it’s likely that the Fire TV Game Controller will become available again. Amazon just needs to make it clearer which models support the gamepad. Saying “Compatible with Fire TV Stick” isn’t clear enough because many Fire TV Stick 4K owners will surely think that includes their devices. I’ve seen plenty of people refer to the Fire TV 3 pendant as a “4K Firestick,” so there’s certainly confusion there as well.