New Fire TV Stick 4K Max Is First Player To Get Amazon’s Ambient Experience

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The new Fire TV Stick 4K Max is the first Fire TV streaming player to get access to Amazon’s Fire TV Ambient Experience. Earlier today, Amazon announced three new Fire TV devices, including the new Fire TV Stick 4K Max.


One of the big selling points with the new 4K Max model is the improved performance. The 4K Max has always been billed as the company’s most powerful stick-based device and Amazon is looking to continue that trend with upgrades in the processor and connectivity departments.

However, Amazon also confirmed that its most powerful Stick also has access to its Fire TV Ambient Experience. For those unfamiliar with the feature, Fire TV Ambient Experience was previously only available on Amazon’s Fire TV Omni QLED Series of TVs and transforms the screen into an Alexa-powered smart display when not in use.


Basically, buyers of the new Fire TV Stick 4K Max will be able to activate the Ambient mode whenever they want and replace the otherwise blank screen with information including the time and weather, calendar entries and reminders. It can also be used to display curated art collections as backgrounds.

The Ambient Experience is not just aesthetic, as it can also be used for functional purposes as well. For example, controlling smart devices, playing Amazon Music or Spotify, and more.

At its fall hardware event today, Amazon confirmed that Omni QLED Series TV users will soon be able to create their own personalized AI Art, including generating stylized images of new art and personal photos. This extended Ambient Experience feature is also confirmed to be coming to the new Fire TV 4K Max at a later date.


As a reminder, the new Fire TV Stick 4K Max streaming player costs $59.99 and is now available to preorder from Amazon. At present, pre-orders are due to being shipping out to customers on September 27, 2023.

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