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Sources have approached Game Informer with an interesting bit of news from one of the world's largest retailers. Amazon is developing an Android based console for release by the end of this year, most likely by Black Friday.
According to those we spoke with who have knowledge of the in-development hardware, Amazon will be leveraging the titles already available on its platform. Each day, the company offers one productivity or game app for free and stocks a healthy library for its own devices, like the Kindle Fire. The console will also have its own, dedicated controller.
An Amazon representative replied to our request, indicating that the company does not comment on rumors or speculation.
Matt Bertz contributed to this report.
Our TakeUnlike the Ouya, which has meager capital and influence, Amazon could make a serious run at the affordable home gaming sector. It already has a bevy of titles at its disposal and relationships with key developers responsible for some of the biggest titles on the Android platform.
It's easy to write off Android consoles as novelties. That is, until an enormous player like Amazon enters the picture.
Amazon also moves a lot of televisions, and is a key player for those companies. Just ask home appliance retailers if they've heard the term "Amazon's Showroom." It wouldn't surprise me to see Amazon cut a deal to have their Android gaming technology integrated with key television manufacturers' products.
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Its easy to write off amazon too, as far as this is a console. It might be successful, but I don't it'll be because of gaming. And I see no chance this makes an impact on sony/m$.
It's good to see more companies joining the console industry. This only means the life of console gaming will continue, leading to more innovations. I'm excited for what the future may hold!
Go home, Amazon...you're drunk if you think that somehow you can make an Android-based system that won't flounder like the Ouya has done since it launched. I do support them trying this, but I just don't see it ending well for them.
God damnit, there are WAY to many consoles, the market is becoming over-saturated!!!
If it's supposed to be out by Black Friday and just now started hearing about it, really makes me think how good it would really be. But I'm open to anything at this point.
The thing people don't seem to get is that the reason android gaming is so popular is because most people have android phones. Why buy a console that does the same thing as your phone a little bit better?
How is this any more profitable than just making a mobile device?
I feel like history is about to repeat itself seems like everybody is doing a console now.
I'd be about as interested in this as I am in buying a Kindle, which is to say I'm not.
I'm sure it'll be a great success.
Too bad I have no care for android devices.
that pic is the amazon smirk lol when i think of them making an android system better than the ouya
If anyone can do it Amazon can. They have the money and partners in place to become a player. Kindle beat the Nook because of it's online prowess and presence. People like the new thing and this could cater to the casual crowd. With all that said, I would never buy one or rec one to anyone over the big 3 for home gaming. I think Android is a sea of garbage with a few treasures hidden. Not worth looking and certainly not worth playing.
I honestly don't know what to think of this. Amazon does have the resources to pull this off, but how will it fare in the market?
heard they are naming it the AmazoDroid
These things remind me of those $15 joysticks you plug into your TV and it comes loaded with a library of games. It's no joke; those things were hella popular at one point, and some had a few classic well-known arcade games. And these kinds of games are stepping up these days...they're not the throw-away 2 minutes to kill types...I'v actually got pretty invested in a few of them.