Amazon on Thursday sent out invitations to a media event in New York next Wednesday. The invitation shows a picture of a couch with a promise to update attendees on their video business – or in other words, Amazon is finally going to let us in on their plans for the living room as it pertains to a streaming box.
Last we heard, Amazon’s streaming box may arrive not as a box at all but as a dongle similar to Chromecast and the Roku Streaming Stick. In addition to streaming videos as others already do, sources claim it will also be able to stream full PC game titles. Think along the lines of OnLive’s service where the processing power is handled remotely and beamed to your television.
Adding fuel to the gaming fire are a series of leaked images showing an Android-branded gamepad. The images, reportedly from Brazil’s equivalent of the FCC, certainly look legitimate and show a controller geared for gaming with built-in media controls.
The box, err dongle, is expected to run a customized version of Android similar to what is offered on the Kindle Fire. As such, users wouldn’t have access to apps on the Google Play Store but would instead be limited to Amazon’s app store. That’s not necessarily a bad thing though as Amazon has built a respectable offering but then again, the focus of said device will no doubt be Amazon’s Instant Video service.
Be sure to check back here next week for all the details as Amazon will kick off the media event at 11:00 AM ET.