23 June 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Amazon Fire Game Controller

In my review of the FireTV, I said that the hardware did not look pretty. But you know what? That was ok, because it really is designed to disappear into the background. You don’t have to see the box to watch TV or play games.

But why did they use the same design idea for the remote and for the Game Controller?

I almost would have preferred “eye catchingly hideous”. Just like the FireTV, the controller seems designed to just disappear. I have a hard enough time keeping track of remotes, please don’t make me have to hunt down the controllers too. Flat, black, and completely uninspired would be how I would describe the “looks” of the Game Controller.

That said, it works very well. Controls are well placed and responsive. I like the specialized FireTV controls that are on the Game Controller. Additionally, the range is probably the best I’ve seen on a console controller, very response even at 50 feet from the FireTV (not that I would use it that far away, but nice to know it is an option.)

Overall: 3 stars. Uninspired, but does the job it was designed to do.

Description:
The best way to game with Amazon Fire TV

  • Play more games — Amazon Fire Game Controller doubles the number of games you can play on Fire TV, including Minecraft – Pocket Edition, Asphalt 8, and NBA 2K14
  • Full set of controls — Featuring dual analog sticks and all the controls a gamer would expect, plus lighted player indicators for multiplayer gaming
  • Affordable games — Paid games start from just 99 cents, and many games are available to play for free
  • Wireless gaming — Kick back on your couch and game without wires
  • Play music and videos — Integrated media buttons provide convenient control of movies, TV shows, and music
  • Leaderboards and achievements — The Amazon GameCircle button instantly lets you track progress and compare scores with friends and millions of other gamers
  • Long battery life — Auto-sleep with instant-wake maximizes play time, providing up to 55 hours with the included AA batteries

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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