Amazon has at last announced Amazon Fire TV, its set-top box for streaming media content and games - including a version of Minecraft.

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The online retail giant has just finished a press conference revealing the design and inner workings of Fire TV, which will include a quad-core CPU with 2GB of RAM. It's able to fit in the palm of your hand and includes HDMI, optical audio and ethernet ports.

Word of a Fire TV version of Minecraft is a huge coup for the platform - especially after creator Notch recently canned support for a planned free Oculus Rift build.

Amazon also recently bought Killer Instinct developer Double Helix and has been poaching executives from other gaming companies.

But a leaked version of the system's controller, images of which appeared online last month, was less impressive. While still early, an image from Gizmodo of the controller in use today confirms the leak as being representative of the current model. It costs $39.99.

Built to run a version of Android, the device can stream movies and TV content from Amazon Instant Video (formerly LoveFilm), Netflix, YouTube, Vimeo, and in the US at least, Hulu, MLB.tv, and the NBA.

In North America the Amazon Fire TV costs $99 or $139 with a controller. Both are available to buy from Amazon now.

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The Amazon Fire Game Controller.

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