Posted By Shaun K. about 3 months, 3 weeks ago
A new rumor has surfaced courtesy of Game Informer that suggest Amazon is preparing to launch a Android-based home console on or around Black Friday of this year. Further details from people with “knowledge of the in-development hardware” claim that the system will have its own dedicated controller and will rely largely (or exclusively) on Amazon’s own already extensive Android app store. Said store incidentally already offers one productivity or game app free daily for Amazon products like the Kindle Fire. Game Informer is claiming this would be true for this new console as well.
At the time of this writing, Amazon has unsurprisingly only responded to this story with a statement affirming they do not comment on rumors or speculation. Furthermore, the website Gamesbeat published their own story following Game Informer’s report that confirms their own independent knowledge of a potential Amazon console as well. However, Gamesbeat also added that their sources remained unsure how serious Amazon actually was about the project to the point that the site held off initially publishing the rumor. That being said, in light of the successful release of such devices as the GameStick, the Nvidia Shield, and especially the Ouya, Amazon getting into the Android home console business as well would not be a particularly surprising decision.
As previously mentioned, the company does have a history of developing and releasing devices via the Kindle line and its hard to argue against the potential built-in audience the retailer could bring to bear in terms of marketing such a console. In short, it is a very plausible rumor that if true could have major implications for the larger gaming industry headed into what is already set to be a crucial and tumultuous holiday season. Count on Blistered Thumbs to keep you up to date on this breaking story as it continues to develop and be sure to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.