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Amazon announces its $99 set-top box Fire TV photo
Amazon announces its $99 set-top box Fire TV
by Jordan Devore

Amazon has finally announced its long-rumored media device and it's available for purchase as of today. The $99 Amazon Fire TV supports expected streaming services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Prime Instant Video, and Pandora, but games also have a presence on the box which sports an Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB of memory, and a quad-core processor.

There a over a hundred games supported including Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Asphalt 8, and Amazon Game Studios' exclusive third-person shooter Sev Zero, with "thousands more coming soon." According to Amazon, many of these games are free and "the average price of paid games is just $1.85." Of course, that less-than-ideal gamepad is being sold separately for $39.99.

There are a few interesting gimmicks, but the one that sounds most intriguing to me is ASAP (Advanced Streaming and Prediction), a feature which predicts movies or television episodes you'll want to watch and prepares them for playback ahead of time to avoid buffering. I'm not really in the market for the Fire TV as a Roku owner -- and Amazon has a long way to go before it can pull me in with its gaming initiative -- but this looks like a nice little box. Maybe someday.

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12:30 PM on 03.14.2014

Amazon's controller isn't much of a looker

Blogger Dave Zatz has seemingly come across photos of the game controller for Amazon's long-rumored media streaming device by way of a Brazilian regulatory agency. The controller will reportedly ship separately, which has me ...

Jordan Devore

9:30 AM on 02.18.2014

Square Enix and Amazon host Ultimate Thief Mod contest

The prize for this Ultimate Thief Mod contest is so good that even my spoiled ass wants to enter! Square Enix, Amazon, AMD and others have teamed up to bring you a contest that will celebrate the return of the Thief franchise...

Dale North

11:00 PM on 02.06.2014

Sonic Boom, Metal Gear shortness and the Uncharted movie

Nice hat, right? Fun news today, Sonic The Hedgehog gets not one but TWO games, as well as a TV show and a toy line in the newly announced Sonic Boom sub-franchise. The length of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes has been an...

Max Scoville



Amazon acquires Double Helix Games photo
Amazon acquires Double Helix Games
by Alessandro Fillari

It's been known that Amazon has had its eye on diversifying into the gaming space. Not just from a sales standpoint, but for publishing and producing its own unique titles. And now, the mega online retailer has made its first major move to that goal by purchasing independent developer Double Helix Games.

In a statement just after the news broke, Amazon provided some insight into the deal: "Amazon has acquired Double Helix as part of our ongoing commitment to build innovative games for customers."

Founded in 2007, Double Helix Games has made some notable titles from a variety of different franchises -- such as Silent Hill: Homecoming, Front Mission Evolved, and most recently its work on the well-received Killer Instinct reboot.

With Strider still on the way, its unclear what the future holds for Double Helix. Stay tuned to Destructoid for more information as it develops.

Amazon Acquires Video Gaming Studio Double Helix Games [Tech Crunch]

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12:30 PM on 01.31.2014

The new 16GB OUYA is available right now

The new and improved 16GB OUYA console is available right now on Amazon and OUYA.tv for $129.99. This is a North American release only. With this new one they've doubled  up on the memory, boosted the WiFi signal, and dr...

Dale North





10:00 AM on 01.21.2014

Lightning Returns pre-orders at Amazon get Yuna DLC

The Spira's Summoner DLC you'll nab for free with your Amazon pre-order of Lighting Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will be a treat for fans of Final Fantasy X. You'll be able to dress Lightning up in Yuna's summoner dress, equip...

Dale North

12:45 PM on 01.09.2014

Amazon is selling Crystal White PlayStation Vitas

Huh. Amazon is selling standalone Crystal White PlayStation Vitas for $199 right now. These are the same Wi-Fi models that are available in a bundle with Assassin's Creed III: Liberation which, say what you will about the gam...

Jordan Devore

2:30 PM on 01.01.2014

Some Marvel games have vanished from Steam, PSN, XBL

Deadpool, a game that released on June 25, 2013, is no longer available for purchase on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, or Steam -- and it's not alone. Other games presumably impacted by a licensing agreement with Marvel comi...

Jordan Devore



Deal North: Crazy good download deals and more photo
Deal North: Crazy good download deals and more
by Dale North

Imagine me as Santa. Imagine me flying high above your home in a sleigh filled with crazy good deals on downloadable games, guided by fuzzy little flying corgis with reindeer antlers. It's snowing. The ground is glimmering. 

I might cry.

You might cry too if you're out of money from Christmas shopping after seeing these deals! What's great is that you can take a $20 bill and do some major damage with these deals. Some are good for only a couple of days, while others are good through Christmas. Definitely move fast if you're interested in any of what we have listed here.

Happy shopping!

[Images via Tumalo Bed & Biscuit]

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3:45 PM on 12.16.2013

Grab Tearaway for $20 on Amazon

Looking for something awesome to play on your Vita on the cheap? Media Molecule's brilliant Tearaway is being offered through Amazon right now for a mere $20 (a savings of 40%). Sure it's the digital version, which means...

Conrad Zimmerman



Deal North: Cyber Monday gaming deals photo
Deal North: Cyber Monday gaming deals
by Dale North

You know what Cyber Monday is, right? It's the same crap from Black Friday, just a few days later. It's a second chance for many that missed the good stuff last week. It's the better of the two, as you won't get trampled.

You won't find anything mindblowingly different in our Cyber Monday deals, but there are some good finds if you missed last weekend's action. Have a look and see if there's something you'd like.

If nothing else, be sure to get the Sonic Everywhere Pack at Amazon, which contains a bunch of different Sonic games in one package. Even Dr Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine is included! And if you need a 3DS XL, get the new Mario and Luigi: Dream Team bundle at Walmart and Best Buy now.

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9:15 PM on 11.30.2013

Deal: Amazon lightning deal has Soul Hackers for $9.99

[Edit: Deal is over, but the game is still on sale for $21.58] Attention all Atlus loving Shin Megami Tensei fans, has Amazon got an upcoming deal for you. Going on sale at 8:10 PST, is the futuristic dungeon-crawle...

Wesley Ruscher

8:30 PM on 11.28.2013

Deal North: Black Friday software deals galore!

Bananas! We've hit you with a ton of deals already, and many of them are still valid, so if you haven't checked our listings yet, check out: Pre-Black Friday software download deals Thanksgiving day deals Black Friday hardwa...

Dale North

3:45 PM on 11.28.2013

Deal North: Black Friday hardware buyer's guide

Even with the early store openings they're calling Gray Thursday, Black Friday is really only one shopping day, so it's understandable that you'd want to maximize your time. We've done the footwork for you so you can go strai...

Dale North



Deal North: Thanksgiving day game deals photo
Deal North: Thanksgiving day game deals
by Dale North

[Update: We've added a few more items to our shopping list this morning. Our deals corgi thanks you for your tips! Now go get Ni no Kuni for $15!]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Aside from what we have today and what you've seen already, they're saving the good stuff for tomorrow, Black Friday. There are still some pretty good deals to be found in our listings with some new additions since yesterday afternoon, so don't miss these as they're all still running.

Below you'll find the deals that start on Turkey Day. Some of them only last through Friday, so get to buying if you see anything you like.

The best stuff comes tomorrow. Check back then for another deal round-up.

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