One of the most famous Streaming sticks it’s getting better out there. The new Fire TV Stick 4K Max is a more powerful version of Amazon’s best-selling 4K streaming device and promises a better binge-watching experience for just a few dollars more than the standard model.
We’re going to be putting this fast new streaming player through its paces asap, but in the meantime, here’s everything you need to know about the Fire TV Stick 4K Max.
The Fire TV Stick 4K Max is Pre-order now for $ 54.99, and is due to be released on October 7th. You can also pick up $ 99 Fire TV Stick 4K Max and Luna Controller Bundlethat gives you everything you need to enjoy Amazon’s cloud-based Luna gaming service right on your TV.
What is the “Max” in the Fire TV Stick 4K Max? According to Amazon, this new streamer is 40% more powerful than the standard Fire TV Stick 4K thanks to a new 1.8GHz processor under the hood, which should result in a more responsive experience when jumping between apps and commanding Alexa with your voice.
The Fire TV Stick 4K Max is also the first streaming player in its price range to support the Wi-Fi 6 standard, i.e. compatible router. Hopefully that means a buffer-free experience when bingeing Netflix and responsive, crisp gameplay when playing Amazon Luna titles from the cloud, even when other people in your household are online at the same time.
The latest streaming stick from Amazon supports all essential standards such as 4K output, HDR and HDR 10+ for vivid colors and brightness as well as Dolby Atmos for immersive sound. It also packs in many of the key features of Amazon’s new Fire TV Omni series TVs, including the ability to monitor any connected smart cameras in picture-in-picture mode or your Amazon Echo speakers for a richer home theater audio experience to pair.
The new Fire TV Stick 4K Max sounds like a particularly good way to play games in the cloud Amazon Luna Service that also receives some major upgrades. The service just got a new family channel that gives you access to 35 kid-friendly games like SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom and Garfield Kart: Furious Racing for $ 2.99 per month. This joins the $ 5.99 core channel Luna +, which features a mix of top blockbusters and indie games, as well as the $ 14.99 Ubisoft + channel, which is popular Ubisoft titles like Assassin’s Creed and Watch Contains dogs. Amazon also plans to roll out a retro-focused channel in the coming months with games like Another World and King of Fighters, although there is no information on pricing or availability yet.
Luna is also getting a big upgrade in the form of Luna Couch, which makes it easier to play games online with friends. With this feature, you can send anyone an invitation code – even if they’re not a Luna subscriber – that they can open on a supported device and play with you immediately as if they were in the same room. Like the PlayStation 5’s Share Play function or the PC-based Parsec app, Luna Couch is beautiful because it equips titles with online functionality that would otherwise be limited to local play. Luna is finally also available on Fire tablets, so that the service can now be played on all Amazon devices without an early access invitation.
If you haven’t picked up an Amazon Fire TV Stick yet, that’s $ 55 Fire TV Stick 4K Max looks like the one to get. For just $ 5 more than the previous model, you get a faster processor for smoother navigation, Wi-Fi 6 for better streaming and cloud gaming, and new features like picture-in-picture camera surveillance. The only real reason to go with the standard Fire TV Stick 4K is to save some money as it is currently reduced to $ 39.99 and may continue to decrease over time.
The Fire TV Stick 4K was once our pick for that best budget streaming stick, and we are curious to see if the new Max model can recapture the throne from the excellent Chromecast with Google TV. We hope to get our hands on Amazon’s new streamer in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.