For movies and music, the Fire TV Stick is all you need to stream from just about any service. For games, well, it probably won’t replace your home console any time soon. There’s an optional controller that can be purchased, which is based on the XBox 360 design, though blockier and less ergonomic. This isn’t really an issue, though, because the games available aren’t what anyone would call hardcore. The gaming library consists mainly of minor distractions like Flappy Bird and Tetris--although it does have a few classic gems, like Sonic 2.
The basic TV Fire Stick package retails for $39.00 USD. That makes it only slightly more expensive than the Google Chromecast ($35.00), and far less expensive than the Roku and Apple TV ($49.00 and $69.00 USD respectively)--and the Fire Stick has all three beat for the range of streaming services it connects with. Only the Fire Stick has Amazon Instant Video and Fox Sports Go, in addition to Sling and all of the other services offered by other streaming devices. More and more consumers are ditching cable and satellite. Streaming is the future of entertainment, and although it it somewhat lacking in the games department, the Amazon Fire TV Stick is certainly the definitive single device for online video and music streaming.