At a special event Wednesday, Amazon finally revealed the small black box it's been working on to slot underneath your living room television: The $99 Amazon Fire TV, which is available now.
With Fire TV, the company says that it was looking to solve numerous problems with similar devices, including search and performance issues, coupled with closed ecosystems. "How do we make the complexity disappear?" the company asked, and Fire TV is apparently the answer.
According to Amazon, the Fire TV comes with a quad-core processor and a dedicated GPU, the sort that you'd usually find in smartphones. It has 2GB of RAM, dual-band Wi-fi, and it's roughly .7-inch thin -- shorter than a dime, as demonstrated during its unveiling. It also comes with a remote control that can be controlled with your voice via a microphone.
The Fire TV is capable of streaming content at resolutions of up to 1080p and supports HDMI and optical audio-out, so it should support up to 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus surround sound. Fire TV is based on Android and HTML, and Amazon says that a "huge selection" of apps and games are already on the way for the device.
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