Amazon has been periodically tweaking the navigation menu of the current Fire TV home screen interface ever since it debuted three years ago. First, it reordered the menu, then increased app icon sizes, and then added an input switching icon for Fire TV Smart TVs before finally dropping all text and switching to an icon-only navigation menu. Earlier this year, Amazon added a new “Free” tab to the navigation menu before ultimately removing it. Amazon is now trying out another new tab for the Fire TV home screen with the addition of a “Games” tab that takes the place of the profile switcher icon in the navigation menu.
This Fire TV home screen change arrived recently on a Fire TV Stick 4K in Canada and was posted about in a private Facebook group which was spotted by YouTuber Chris Waite who highlighted it in his latest video. Where the profile icon once sat on the far left of the Fire TV navigation menu is now a game controller icon that loads a “Games” tab. The games tab itself isn’t actually new as it is simply the Games Hub released a year ago, which can be accessed on any Fire TV device by selecting the Games option in the Find tab. The Games hub/tab primarily promotes Amazon Luna cloud gaming but also lists local Fire TV games from the Amazon appstore as well as live game streams on Twitch.
To make room for the new Games icon, Amazon has merged the profile icon with the settings icon on the far right of the navigation menu. By doing so it allows you to still know which user profile is currently active but it means that changing profiles requires an extra step because selecting the icon just loads the standard settings screen. This explains why Amazon recently added a Profile menu to the settings screen of Fire TVs, which, at the time, seemed pointless when the same menu could be accessed from the home screen. To change profiles with this new home screen change, users now need to either select the profile menu from the settings screen or hold the home button for a few seconds to bring up the quick launch menu which also contains access to the same profile menu.
This change to the Fire TV home screen might not be permanent and might not even make it out to all Fire TV users. Amazon periodically pushes out changes like this to a very small subset of Fire TV devices to test the waters before deciding if the change should go out to everyone. The addition of a “Free” tab earlier this year is an example of this where some users never received the change and it seems like Amazon reverted the change for those that did receive it.