Monday, September 1, 2014
Amazon Set To Launch Console Later This Year – Report

Amazon Set To Launch Console Later This Year – Report

Amazon is currently working behind the scenes with game creators and publishers, testing a brand new console that will compete directly with Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo for living room dominance, sources close to VG247 have said, with the console set to launch later this year.

According to the sources, the hardware, which currently goes by a number of different codenames, is now being tested with popular Android and iOS games.

In its current state, the Amazon console looks like a redesigned PSOne, “grey in color, oblong in shape and with sharp edges. However, the pre-production unit is likely to have a full makeover before any official release.”

The report added: “The hardware is being created in conjunction with subsidiary Lab 126, designers of Amazon’s Kindle devices.

Amazon will target an affordable price point – we’re told below $300 in the US – in a pricing move similar to Amazon’s marketing of the Kindle Fire HD against high-end iPad hardware from Apple.”

My take:

The games industry keeps on growing, but would you buy an Amazon console? Give me your thoughts in the comments.

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  • rpatricky

    Amazon has amazing customer service before, during, and after sale of their products. I think it is great but would not do a day one buy

  • ernicegilbert

    I’m not sure I’d buy a videogames console from Amazon, but like you said, this might be something good. I’ll definitely give them a chance — and the ongoing glance to see if I’m interested!

  • os1019

    If nothing else Amazon will force the Big 3 to lower their prices. Look at tablet prices before and after the release of the Kindle Fire.

  • ernicegilbert

    That’s a good point, bro. I’m actually looking forward to hearing more about this. Because if the big publishers are on board — and if the specs can keep up with PS4 — then Amazon may be looking to cause some serious disruption. Interesting times…

  • rpatricky

    It’s being tested with android and IOS games so I can’t see it being a powerhouse or even a competitor to Sony or MS. Maybe Nintendo?

  • ernicegilbert

    Hmm.. Good point. If that’s the case I won’t be buying it for sure. But maybe there’s a market for iOS and Android games on big screens? I thought OUYA’s failure would have taught folks a lesson.

  • Wolf1888

    I don’t know much about this console, but at first I’m not too much interested in buying “an Amazon console”. But, of course, if it’s a beast, why not!
    And anyway, if it’s not, at least it will bring competition in the gaming business, and that’s always good for us.