Rockstar and Amazon announced today that they're moving the illustrious Grand Theft Auto series to the new Amazon Fire TV platform, also known as the definitive device for watching TV on your TV.
The trilogy will include Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
What's more is that if you buy GTA: San Andreas for the Amazon Fire TV, you get back 2000 Amazon coins, which can then be used to purchase the other two titles in the package for free. Nice deal, right? I certainly can't find any fault with it. But then again, I don't have mess much with the TV on your TV devices (Xbox One included) so if there's some hidden catch you'll need to be sure to look out for it.
Going through the app store, it appears that each game carries a $4.99 price tag, so getting three games for the price of $5 isn't a bad deal at all. Again, that's assuming there's no hidden catch.
Customers seem to be enjoying the device, however. According to the press release there are three (cherry-picked) quotes that detail the greatness of the $99 Amazon Fire TV. I would include the quotes but they could very well be paid shills, so I would rather keep them on the product review page where they belong.
There are some great new features and apps being made available for Amazon Fire TV, such as Twitch, the live-stream video service that gamers flock to in order to see the latest, greatest, most exciting live video game play-throughs, competitions and tournaments just south of MLG.tv. As mentioned in the press release...
“Twitch, the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers where more than 45 million people gather every month to broadcast, watch and talk about video games, is available starting today. Other exciting new titles include The Walking Dead: Season 2 from Telltale Games, Magika from Paradox Interactive, and Zombie Tycoon from Frima.”
Amazon seems to be pretty serious about expanding the software library of the Amazon Fire TV, in addition to the very affordable TV on your TV features.
As a gaming device, the Amazon Fire TV is definitely not up to par with the current eighth gen consoles. However, edging into the games space by offering affordable, decent looking games with all the ease and functionality of a standard home console could definitely help bolster its appeal for a lot of fence-sitters and bipartisan console fanboys who have a difficult time making up their mind like a wounded war veteran voting on gun control at an NRA meeting.
I'm definitely interested to see how well the Amazon Fire TV evolves over the course of this eighth-gen console era, as it may or may not pick up a decent crowd from the gaming sector. I mean, there's little love loss with $99 on a device that gives you great TV on your TV functionality while also allowing you to play awesome games like Grand Theft Auto.
You can check out the GTA trilogy on the Amazon app store right now. Alternatively, you can play it on just about any potato-PC that was made after 2005.