Amazon Might Be Working On An Android Console

According to Game Informer and TechCrunch, Amazon plans on releasing a Qualcomm-powered Android gaming console by the end of the year.

Sources have told GI that “…Amazon is developing an Android based console for release by the end of this year, most likely by Black Friday.” This new console would be powered by a Qualcomm MPQ chip, which is a Snapdragon-based solution specifically designed and engineered for home theater and set top box products. This new console would have access to Amazon’s App Store, including it’s vast library of Android games. It’s unclear if this Amazon box would be running stock Android, however. Lastly, this console would have its own proprietary controller, similar to the Ouya.

While devices like the Ouya haven’t exactly wowed critics, analysts, and gamers alike, there is a lot of potential in the Android console space. Mad Catz is working on a Tegra-and stock-Android-based console of their own, also for Q4 2013, and Nvidia’s Shield also fits into the mold, even as a portable device.

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4 Comments on Amazon Might Be Working On An Android Console

Huntsman06

On August 9, 2013 at 7:41 pm

I really am unimpressed with these sorts of devices. No matter how “new” the innards of an android home console is, you will always be able to find a phone/tablet with hdmi capabilities with better hardware.

The oyua was marketed as “affordable”, thus the likelihood of having the latest and greatest aren’t the highest. When a home android console comes around that isn’t so affordable, although may have the latest and greatest hardware, you will most likely be able to get a smartphone or tablet with comparable specs for about the same price (with HDMI of course). Which is better? Obviously the one that is portable.

And most importantly, it all comes down to 1 thing. The games. Android is NEVER going to get the game support that Sony and Microsoft and Nintendo has. Your best bet is to hope a game is developed for the PC and was ported to ARM, otherwise your AAA qualities games are going to be scarce on android.

Devin Connors

On August 9, 2013 at 7:45 pm

@Huntsman06

The only Android console I’m considering for purchase at the moment is the Mad Catz Mojo. It’s going to run stock Android, it’s going to be cheap, presumably, and Mad Catz is the one company in this category that can make a half-decent controller.

If they bring it in at $99-$149, I’ll bite.
-Devin Connors

Evernessince

On August 9, 2013 at 9:39 pm

The real question consumers will have to ask is whether or not this device will actually provide anything that enhances the already impressive ensemble that their current devices provide. In most cases it just isn’t going to be really logical, although there may be a small segment for the device. In other words, the device need to provide feature not capable by other cheap console substitutes or best phone/tablets. With consumer budgets already spread time, ala pc market taking the hit, I don’t see very many sliding out the door this holiday season.

Vaginal discharge

On August 10, 2013 at 7:23 am

Dear Amazon,
start paying your taxes you freeloading sh!theels, then I might consider buying your console.

Regards,
Mr God.