Amazon Reportedly Developing its Own Console
It looks as though Amazon may be entering the video game console marketplace. There are rumblings that the online retailer is developing its own console, one to be pitted in competition with Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo. Though the console currently stands unnamed, it’s believed to be aiming for a price at less than $300 with a release later this year, and running on an Android system. In addition, it would also stream and download games, as well as offer access to music, movies, and TV shows. Further information indicates that senior publishing sources have been meeting with Amazon to discuss the hardware, using current popular Android and iOS games to demo the system.
If true, this could go any number of ways. Amazon has proven itself a powerhouse in multiple markets, and the Kindle alone has well taken control of the world of ebooks. What’s more, this system is reportedly being created with Amazon subsidiary Lab 126, which designed the Kindle. To say nothing of the backlog of what Amazon has access to just through its Amazon Prime. On the other hand, it’s already a pretty competitive market as is, and the Kindle didn’t really have any competition outside of the Barnes and Noble made Nook. And aside from price, current information doesn’t point toward anything dramatically different from current-gen consoles. As for how the system turns out, we’ll just have to wait for Amazon to unveil more information.