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As a game console, Amazon's Fire TV fizzles

Hayden Dingman | July 10, 2014
Maybe we were too hard on the Ouya.

Apart from these few missteps, though, the controller is one area where the Fire TV absolutely destroys the Ouya. The only problem, of course, is that the Fire TV controller costs an extra $40, while the Ouya's comes included with the device.

If you want to get the most out of the Fire TV as a microconsole, you'll need the controller. Many games (such as Wolf Among Us) won't even run with the standard Fire TV remote.

Bottom line

Microconsoles are still a great idea in theory and a mediocre idea in practice, and even Amazon's billions of dollars can't change that fact. As a side benefit to the Fire TV's excellent media streaming capabilities? The games are fine. They're a cheap time waster or a fun diversion for the kids.

But this is not a great console, if that's what you're buying it for. Neither is the Ouya. And, if I had to guess, we'll see the same problems with the Android TV. Maybe it's time for us to rethink the viability of this entire concept.

 

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