The last few months have seen no shortage of Android-based video game consoles, with the Ouya, Nvidia Shield, GameStick and others all looking to turn Google’s mobile OS into a viable gaming platform. But if a recent report from Game Informer is to be believed, those machines are about to be joined by a much larger competitor: Amazon.
According to GI’s sources, the online retail giant is currently developing an Android game console that would come with its own controller and would leverage the titles Amazon already provides on devices like the Kindle Fire HD. The report says that the console would be released by the end of the year. No hints on the would-be system’s price or additional features were given.
The dedicated Android console concept is still in its nascent stages, so an Amazon-made machine would have no guarantee of success. But it would have the advantage of coming from a company that is proven and widely recognized, giving it the name brand recognition that the Ouya and GameStick have had to fight for throughout their development.
It’s also worth noting that Amazon recently opened its own game studio, appropriately dubbed Amazon Game Studios. That studio released tower defense title Air Patriots last month, and says it wants to provide “great, accessible gaming experiences that gamers can play any time” on its description page.
Amazon Game Studios is run by Trion Worlds and Microsoft Game Studio vet David Luehmann, who, as gaming sleuth Superannuation points out, is just one of a few recent Amazon hires that used to work at “core” game companies. The internet gossip also noted a listing on Amazon principal product manager Grady Karp’s LinkedIn page, which says that the company is working on a “new, unannounced consumer device.” Such a description is obviously vague, though.
For now, nothing has been confirmed, and all the speculation above will have to remain in the rumor mill. Amazon is not the first major company to be rumored to be working on an Android console either, as earlier this year The Wall Street Journal claimed that Google is working on a gaming machine of its own too.
We’ve reached out to Amazon for comment and will update this story if we hear anything back.
Source: Game Informer