Google announced this week that it will be shutting down its Stadia cloud gaming service in January. That has left owners of the Stadia controller trying to figure out a way to continue using the WiFi-only Stadia controller wirelessly with other devices once the Stadia service is gone. There are several community efforts underway to hack the Stadia controller and keep it out of landfills, so, if Amazon Luna is ever shut down, hopefully, the same type of effort will spring up to keep the Luna controller functional. Uh… oh wait… Amazon already built Bluetooth into the Luna controller from the beginning, so you just need to hold the Action and B buttons for 3 seconds to put it into pairing mode so it’s discoverable by any Fire TV, Android device, Windows PC, or Mac. However, if you want a lag-free wired connection without Luna, then you’ll need someone to figure out a hack and make drivers for the Luna controller. Uh… oh wait… Amazon already provides Windows drivers for wired connections to the Luna controller via its USB-C port and it already works wired with Macs and Android devices without any drivers. In summary, if Amazon Luna disappears, the Luna controller will remain very functional as a Bluetooth or wired controller for use with Fire TVs, Fire Tablets, Android devices, Windows PCs, and Macs, just as it already is today, because selling a $69 controller that only works with a single service is downright stupid, Google.
Amazon has dropped a lot of hurdles for trying Amazon Luna, its cloud gaming service, today. If you’re a Prime member, you can now play a selection of games for free without needing to sign up for a free trial. Additionally, all US residents can now use the service without needing an invitation. While those two are great, the biggest hurdle being removed is the need for a physical game controller because it is now possible to use your phone as a virtual controller. While it is certainly not ideal, it at least allows many to try the service without needing to buy any additional hardware, like the Luna Controller. Read more ›
Yup, the ridiculous headline you just read is sadly true. The Amazon Fire TV (pendant) is no longer compatible with Amazon’s own official Fire TV Game Controller. The latest 22.214.171.124 software update for the 3rd-generation Fire TV has removed support for Amazon’s 1st-party gamepad. The Amazon Fire TV Cube will very likely also soon drop support for the game controller. Read more ›
The official Amazon Fire TV Game Controller has just gone on sale for $19.99. This is the first time that this controller has ever been priced this low. At a regular price of $49.99, this sale saves you 60% off the list price. This controller is officially compatible with the Fire TV 1, Fire TV 2, and both generations of Fire TV Sticks. As of the 126.96.36.199 software update, the Fire TV 3 (pendant) unfortunately no longer supports this game controller. Amazon is also listing that the Fire TV Cube does not support this game controller, but that is actually not correct since it is still working with the Cube as of the 188.8.131.52 software update. It’s likely that the Cube will lose support with a future update as well, so keep that in mind if you’re considering purchasing this controller. None of the Fire TV Edition televisions have ever supported this game controller.
The Amazon Fire TV Game Controller is on sale for $29.99 for Prime Day. This is the first time that the official Fire TV gamepad by Amazon has ever been priced this low. The lowest it has ever been before today was $34.99. It’s very rare for this game controller to go on sale, so don’t miss out on this deal if you’re interested because it’s unlikely that we’ll see it again anytime soon. Amazon’s Fire TV game Controller works with all Fire TV, Fire TV Cube, and Fire TV Stick models, regardless of what generation you have. The only thing to keep in mind as far as compatibility goes is that it is not compatible with the Fire TV Edition televisions and that the headphone jack on the game controller only works with the 2nd-Gen Fire TV. All other functionality, including the Alexa button, work with all Fire TV models. The Fire TV Game Controller by Amazon is a great device and, in my opinion, equal in quality to the Xbox and PlayStation controllers.
This is actually not a Prime Day deal. It’s just a standard sale so you do not need to be a Prime member to receive the discount. Thanks Tango for the correction!
Look out the window because you might see pigs flying. That’s because the Fire TV Game Controller is on sale for $34.99. This is an extremely rare occurrence because Amazon’s first-party gamepad hardly ever goes on sale. The last time it was on sale was in 2016 for $39.99. Not only is this a rare sale, it’s also the new lowest price that it has ever been. One day you’ll tell your grandkids that you were around when the Fire TV Game Controller was on sale for $34.99 and they’ll call you a liar.
The Fire TV Game Controller is a fantastic and very well made gamepad that feels as good as the PlayStation and Xbox controllers, which is probably why it hardly ever goes on sale. It is compatible with all generation Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks. Before you ask, yes, it is also compatible with the new Fire TV Cube. The only devices it is not compatible with are the Fire TV Edition televisions. The last thing you should know is that the built-in headphone jack only works with the Fire TV 2, but other than that, all functionality works with all Fire TV devices, including the built-in Alexa microphone.
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.