Amazon Fire Phone head tracking put to work in new Fire only games [video]

July 22, 2014
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To many, Amazon’s Fire Phone is just another smartphone, except for that one cool thing it does. I speak of the head tracking feature, of course, which enables a sort of 3D parallax experience when you tilt the device, or your head, whichever is easier for you.

Amazon knows that this head tracking is their meal ticket with this device, so have commissioned a few games out of their Game Studio to take advantage of the feature. Both games offer a fairly typical Android gaming experience, with the added bonus of peeking around corners by tilting the device. Game announcements are nothing without trailers, so let’s check out the videos for To-Fu Fury and Saber’s Edge.

Like I said, To-Fu Fury looks fun, but still in the realm of a pretty typical Android game. The head tracking feature has a certain wow-factor, but appears to add very little to the game. I suppose it is still too early to expect to be able to control a character’s movements solely with our own head movements, maybe next round.

Full credit to Saber’s Edge for creating a 3D experience in a 3-in-a-row game; we like that it is no longer flat, as they accuse of current offerings. The game itself looks to be fun enough, if you’re into these sorts of games.

Both games can be found in the Amazon Game Studio. To-Fu Fury will run you $1.99, with Saber’s edge showing as Coming Soon.

There is no rush to get over there to grab these games, the Fire Phone itself is only slated to start shipping to customers later this week. That’s a 4.7-inch phone powered by a 2.2GHz Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM and a 13MP camera that will run you $200 for 32GB, or $300 for 64GB internal storage, with a two year contract on AT&T.

We’re getting awful close to this thing being in consumers’ hands, are you feeling the urge to pick one up?

Comments

  • Navanshu Rastogi

    gta will be amazing on this fire phone

    • http://www.androidauthority.com/author/jonathan-feist/ Jonathan Feist

      I hadn’t thought of that – if they can do a good job of incorporating the tilt functionality, GTA really could be amazing on this unit.

  • Steve

    I doubt even developers of headtracking apps will be “feeling the urge to pick one up” at the same time Amazon has “commissioned” their own developers. Amazon should really cultivate relationships with outside developers like the maker of Animations For HeadTracking:

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=bl_sr_mobile-apps?_encoding=UTF8&field-brandtextbin=Animations%20For%20HeadTracking&node=2350149011