A closer look at Minecraft PE on the Amazon Fire TV

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Two days ago, Amazon announced a $99 gaming console and media center named the Fire TV. Among the video game selection at launch was Minecraft PE, with Mojang hosting a booth to try it out. While there wasn't much of a demo at the announcement, Minecraft players have already gotten their hands on the game and revealed some interesting info.

The most interesting bit of information is that the version released with the Fire TV is Minecraft PE 0.8.2, so that confirms that it is not 0.9.0 (yet). MCPE 0.8.2 appears to be exactly like 0.8.1 in every way, with the addition of on-screen controls for the Fire TV's controller and integration/optimization with the Fire TV's hardware. Minecraft PE doesn't seem to have any lag, which shouldn't be a problem with the Fire TV's quad-core 1.7GHz CPU and 2 GB of RAM. That's right, the Fire TV will support infinite worlds in 0.9.0.

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As seen from the interface of MCPE on the Fire TV, this is nowhere near Minecraft on the Xbox or PlayStation. The inventory and crafting screens are simply bigger and more stretched-out than on phones and tablets. Perhaps Mojang simply didn't have enough time to port the interface from Minecraft on consoles to the Fire TV, or maybe they want to keep the Pocket Edition experience the same on every device.

It seems possible that MCPE on the Fire TV is one of the reasons MCPE 0.9.0 was pushed back to May 2014. To make Minecraft PE available on the Fire TV's launch day, it seems likely that all other development (including development on 0.9.0) was put on hold until the port was complete. Mojang never gave a full explanation, or any explanation for that matter, on why MCPE 0.9.0 was delayed from March to May. This very well could be the reason why, but was it worth it?

Update: Johan from Mojang has confirmed to us that MCPE for the Amazon Fire TV did not actually delay 0.9.0. He said, "Not at all, actually Amazon did everything themselves and if anything helped us with future pad support :) Truth is, the new stuff in 0.9 is just quite hard to make!"

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alaphant_42
April 4, 2014 at 9:37 AM delete

I think it was worth their time. I don't have a Fire TV, ( I want one though) but for the people who have one and are getting one will thank mojang.

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April 4, 2014 at 11:59 AM delete

Actually, according to Johan, Amazon did the majority of the work. So thank Amazon, and thank Mojang for saying yes :P

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Ender
April 4, 2014 at 2:38 PM delete

Thanks Amazon :p

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t3ja$bo4r!
April 5, 2014 at 3:26 AM delete

2 be honest,the experice might not be as good as on phones or tablets.but i'm sure it'll be worth it.

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Maya Racz
April 5, 2014 at 11:26 AM delete

that is so cool

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Droidninja
April 5, 2014 at 2:34 PM delete

Will Apple TV ever get an App Store?
(I didn't ask this on the Q&A page because it's not MC related)

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sindor
April 6, 2014 at 12:15 AM delete

i dont know but i do know that the q&a page is for anything from mc to where corbin lives so you can always ask on there

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agentundertaker
April 6, 2014 at 2:27 AM delete

hmmmmm.... seems legit

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April 6, 2014 at 7:56 AM delete

All questions belong in the Q&A! :)

But to answer your question, there have been rumors that the Apple TV could get an App Store, but if it does happen it won't be for a while.

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BurningVShadow
April 6, 2014 at 2:42 PM delete

On Johan's Twitter page he said there will be +50 biomes!!!

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Metaflyer
April 7, 2014 at 12:03 AM delete

Thanks Amazon :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:P

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Droidninja
April 7, 2014 at 12:17 PM delete

Apple would need to make a controller for it. It would be nearly impossible to use the current remote. What if there was a Apple TV remote on the Apple App Store? It would have customized controls depending on the game being used. This is far-fetched, but Apple could make a gaming console called the  Play or something. GameCenter instead of Xbox Live. Built in Kinnect software. Pretty much bringing back the  Pippin. (Google this if you don't know what it is.)

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May 16, 2015 at 5:54 AM delete

[…] When Minecraft PE was first released as an exclusive for the Sony Xperia Play 2011, it had full support for the device's included controller. Unfortunately, when it was released for all Android devices (and other platforms), controller support didn't carry over. To this date, the only two devices with controller support on Minecraft PE are the Play and Amazon Fire TV. […]

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