Amazon mulling Android gaming console for release later this year

By on August 9, 2013, 11:15 AM

Amazon is set to launch a new gaming console later this year alongside Microsoft and Sony. However, this machine is reported to be a lot more like the Ouya than next gen offerings from the two home console heavyweights.

According to Game Informer sources, the online retail giant is hard at work on a new Android based console. At this point details are thin, but the console is reported to leverage Amazon's existing Android game catalog and will have its own dedicated controller.

The sources, who have "knowledge of the in-development hardware," claim that we could see Amazon's Android console launch in time for Black Friday.

Other information surrounding the console has surfaced as well. GamesBeat's sources claim Amazon has shown off the console recently, seeking content in the form of casual games. The site added that the sources weren't sure at that time if Amazon was actually serious about the machine.

Amazon's rumored console would take on the Ouya, Nvidia Shield and possibly a casual gaming console from Google, which is rumored to be in development as part of a trio of new Android devices that also includes a smart watch and a media player.

With the so far disappointing performance of Ouya, some have written off Android-based consoles to a certain degree, and perhaps rightfully so. But with Amazon's massive online presence, deep catalog of titles and strong developer relationships, this might actually be the best shot for an affordable home Android console to work.

User Comments: 8

Got something to say? Post a comment
tipstir tipstir, TS Ambassador, said:

Good luck Amazon your going to need it!

1 person liked this | TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Too little, too late. No one wants an Android-based game player only device when they're already playing games on their Android devices.

And when Steam comes out with its console, it'll be all over but the shouting.

cmbjive said:

I wouldn't write off an Android-base console. There are several games on both Google Play and Amazon's Android store that I would prefer to play with a controller. However, Amazon has to take the lessons that OUYA did and didn't learn and make sure it does not follow in the same footsteps. But they're Amazon so they probably won't do that.

Oh, and before I forget: Jeff Bezos is gobbling up ALL the MEDIA.

Vrmithrax Vrmithrax, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Great in theory, difficult in practice... The OUYA is a prime example of how challenging it is to get an Android-based gaming system to be taken seriously, and get real and effective content available.

Now, if they pay attention to some of the most popular things in the OUYA community, Amazon might be able to effectively launch an interesting system. So many people are using the OUYA as a media appliance, HTPC territory, streaming box... Make an Amazon box that is fully integrated with their Amazon marketplace. Possibly provide connectivity or crossover to the Kindle Fire line - similar to Wii U to allow utilization as an enhanced controller, or like the PS "start it on the PS4, continue it on the road with your Vita" approach maybe? Mix in a hard push for content streamers and media center utilities like XBMC, tight Netflix and Hulu integration (which will be a struggle against greed there, since streaming will also compete with Amazon digital movie on demand kinds of things)... Basically, you would have an Amazon-powered GoogleTV/OUYA hybrid, which could bridge enough of the best parts of each platform out there to be not only successful, but truly effective and useful.

Won't happen that way, but a guy can dream, right?

Guest said:

Actually, this may be very good. Amazon has enough clout to get others to develop for them and I am sure Amazon would like to have you stream movies to your TV from there device.

Ben Jimenez Ben Jimenez said:

It's going to take a powerfull Android box with some very much improved graphics for Amazon to succeed. Android games for phones just don't have the quility that is needed to attract gamers. If you wanna make it Amazon, have some exclusive games ready on day one of the release.

ET3D, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Amazon and Google should help the Android console market get some traction. It's still a chicken and egg situation, but there's nothing preventing Android from serving decent games. The hardware may be weaker than current gen consoles, but it's not like consoles haven't had good games with lesser hardware in the past. I can definitely see Android consoles becoming mainstream and having decent games, but for now I'll wait to see how things develop.

RenGood08 RenGood08 said:

Steam is coming out with a device? Where is this info at?

Load all comments...

Add New Comment

TechSpot Members
Login or sign up for free,
it takes about 30 seconds.
You may also...
Get complete access to the TechSpot community. Join thousands of technology enthusiasts that contribute and share knowledge in our forum. Get a private inbox, upload your own photo gallery and more.