When we consider of Apple and Amazon we substantially don’t consider of video diversion consoles. Neither has taken to gaming like Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo, though by their Apple TV and Fire TV streaming boxes, Amazon and Apple have built a span of convincing console alternatives for a infrequent gamer.
But please, before Xbox and PlayStation gamers write indignant tweets during us: We are not articulate about 4K, HDR graphics, VR and games like “Call of Duty,” “Destiny” and “Forza Motorsport.” The games we’re articulate about are easier (and cheaper) and a graphics aren’t as pointy — though that’s still not a reason to omit a smallest games console tucked underneath your TV.
Apple TV 4K vs Amazon Fire TV (2017): Hardware and price
Announced in Sep 2017, both black boxes perform roughly a same tasks. But there are some pivotal disproportion we should be wakeful of, generally if we devise to bucket them adult with games.
First, a price. The Amazon Fire TV with support for 4K video costs $69, while a Apple TV 4K starts during $179. That’s a estimable difference. But one reason Apple costs some-more is storage. Amazon’s inclination comes with 8GB, while Apple TV gets 32GB — with a $199 chronicle charity 64GB.
The 2017 Amazon Fire TV plugs into a TV and hangs behind itAmazon
This isn’t many storage when compared to a 1TB Xbox One. But a games you’ll be personification on these inclination are much, many smaller. Still, Amazon’s singular storage could be a problem for those formulation to implement lots of games, as they’re hold locally and not streamed, usually like TV shows and movies.
As for tech specs, a dual inclination are remarkably similar. Both outlay video during adult to 2160p, that is also famous as 4K, or Ultra HD, with a fortitude of 4096 x 2160. Both inclination work with a latest HDMI customary and have dual-band 802.11 Wi-Fi. And while both support HDR 10 video, usually Apple TV has Dolby Vision, identical to HDR 10, though with ramped adult liughtness and saturation. Not all TVs support Dolby Vision though if yours does, afterwards we competence wish to know that Apple ever-so-slightly leads a approach here.
That being said, audio is where a Amazon Fire TV wins. This is because, while both support Dolby Digital Plus 7.1, usually a Fire TV is concordant with Dolby Atmos, regarded as a highest-quality home audio accessible today. Apple has suggested a TV will get Atmos support around a destiny program update, though it isn’t famous when that competence arrive.
Visually, a latest Amazon Fire TV is designed to be totally dark behind your TV, unresolved by a brief wire from a giveaway HDMI port. Meanwhile, a new 4K Apple TV adopts a some-more normal take, sitting subsequent to or underneath your TV along with all a other black boxes.
The Apple TV 4K comes with a Siri-enabled hold controllerApple
Apple TV 4K vs Amazon Fire TV (2017): Game selection
This is where we competence be in for a surprise, since notwithstanding a low cost a Amazon Fire TV has entrance to an considerable catalog of blockbuster games that seemed on ‘proper’ consoles not that prolonged ago. There’s “Grand Theft Auto 3,” “Vice City” and “San Andreas” ($4.99, $2.99 and $6.99 respectively), and “Minecraft: Pocket Edition” ($6.99), “Final Fantasy VI” ($15.99), “Star Wars: The Knights of The Old Republic” ($9.99) and “Sonic a Hedgehog” ($1.99).
That isn’t to contend a Apple TV is lacking in games. But options for a iOS-based height concentration reduction on fully-fledged console games of progressing generations, and instead embody renouned iPhone and iPad games. These embody EA’s “Real Racing 3” (free with in-game purchases), “Alto’s Adventure” ($4.99), “Oceanhorn” ($7.99), “Asphalt 8” (free with in-game purchases) and “Minecraft: Apple TV Edition” ($19.99).
As good as “Minecraft,” other games done exclusively for a Apple TV (and not accessible on a iPhone and iPad) embody “Galaxy On Fire,” “Sky Force Anniversary,” “Tiny Wings TV” and “Beneath The Lighthouse TV.” Note how developers mostly supplement a TV appendix to iPhone games that have been mutated for personification on a TV.
Apple TV 4K vs Amazon Fire TV (2017): Controllers
The Apple TV’s apparent miss of ported console games is not due to a miss of power. The new 4K chronicle uses a same A10X processor as a latest iPad Pro, giving it copiousness of opening for these kinds of games, and of march for Ultra HD video streaming. The problem is Apple insists that games done for a Apple TV work with a Siri-enabled, touch-sensitive remote control.
This is excellent in some cases, like when regulating a controller’s suit sensor to drive around a circuits of “Real Racing 3.” But this direct can be a headache for developers perplexing to pier over games built with a PlayStation or Xbox controller in mind. The Amazon Fire TV, on a other hand, accepts games that work with a possess TV-style remote, though also (or exclusively) with Amazon’s TV Game Controller ($49.99).
Amazon’s gaming controller costs $50Amazon
A series of controllers exist for a Apple TV, with a many high-profile (and a one we can buy from Apple itself) being a SteelSeries Nimbus, that costs $49.95. Beyond a Nimbus, SteelSeries offers a operation of Apple TV-friendly gamepads, and so too does Mad Catz.
A identical operation is accessible for a Amazon Fire TV, though a miss of a gangling USB pier on a latest Fire TV means a Xbox 360 connected controller no longer plays ball. Bluetooth remains, though it is too early to contend either this will support wireless Xbox and PlayStation controllers, that have suffered from loiter with prior Fire TVs.-
Apple TV 4K vs Amazon Fire TV (2017): Conclusion
The new Apple TV’s refurbish to support 4K feels like small some-more than Apple personification locate up, while a need for games to support a Siri-enabled hold controller, as good as a remote is, boundary a form of games available. Casual gamers who usually wish iPhone-style games on a large shade competence not mind too much. But it’s tough not to be lured towards a Amazon Fire TV, with a many reduce cost and catalog of ‘real’ (albeit old) games like “GTA” and “Final Fantasy.”
Even if we cause in $50 for a Amazon gamepad, a Fire TV still represents good value compared to a Apple TV. The Fire’s 8GB of storage might eventually turn an emanate for owners who download a lot of games, though that’s unequivocally a usually bad word we have to contend opposite Amazon’s latest streamer. Add in Dolby Atmos support out of a box, and it’s tough to disagree opposite a Fire TV being a winner.