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It looks like Amazon’s “bigger than Kindle” product finally begins to take a shape. A media report claims that the world’s largest online store is working on its own video game console, which will put the company directly against its partners, namely Microsoft Corp., Nintendo and Sony Corp. later this year, if the information is correct.

While Amazon’s video game system is expected to be based on Google Android platform, it will feature a number of proprietary features, just like Amazon Kindle Fire tablets do. Amazon’s console is projected to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon system-on-chip, which should provide sufficient performance for video games originally designed for Apple iOS and Google Android platforms as well as exclusive titles developed specifically for Amazon’s console. Like other game consoles, it should be future-proof, so it is logical to expect support for ultra-high-definition video, high graphics processing performance and rich multimedia capabilities.

At present, Amazon is trying to lure game developers to its console, reports VG247 web-site. The retailer is demonstrating the unit to game developers and publishers in a bid to encourage them to create exclusive titles for it. The prototype console, which is demonstrated to software makers, is an oblong device with sharp edges about the size of the PSone system. The final product will almost certainly feature a different design.

Obviously, expect the new system to provide not only video games, but also music and video delivery services that Amazon already provides.

Amazon is one of the world’s largest seller of music CDs, video Blu-ray/DVD discs, paper books, packaged games and other types of content on physical media. Given the fact that all of the aforementioned businesses are either stagnating or deteriorating, the company needs to sell more digital content to offset the declines. In order to sell more digital media, Amazon may need specially-designed devices, which it is developing. Almost any hardware that helps Amazon to increase sales of content will be good for the company.

Amazon did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: Amazon, Kindle, Kindle Fire, Android, Google, Qualcomm, Snapdragon, Microsoft, Xbox, Playstation, Sony, Nintendo, Wii, Wii U

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2 toy O.K. 3 toys is a maybe but 5 toys will result in tears for one. It is usually the last one in as it has to garnish a following with a different type of inter-phase or programs e.g. games. Steam has this nearly sown up as it sells games for the other 3 as well as games for its own toy. Android games will stay with the phones etc. as a play thing for the great unwashed and also this applies to android tablets.
1 0 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 02/01/14 12:25:19 AM]
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This will be a failure. There is a good reason why Apple hasn't gone here - too much competition and with high overheads.
1 0 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 02/03/14 01:25:12 AM]
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Any tablet that can only run Android is a TOY with a capital T, if the tablet can run a full linux distro, or other FULL OS(non RT), then a tablet may be worth owning(Android and RT are made for consumption). I would love to own a tablet built around the Nvidia tegra K1(ARM refrence, or custom Denver ISA based) because the K1's GPU supports the full desktop versions of OpenGL, OpenCL, etc. I really hope Gabe is evaluating the development platforms built with the K1, and whatever the AMD equivalent (that supports the full versons of OpenGL, OpenCL, etc.) that may be in the pipeline. Several of the opensource applications that I use are based around the full desktop versons of OpenGL, OpenCL, etc., and Blender, gimp can run under Linux, Windows(NOT RT), and OSX. The K1 with its based on the desktop Kepler microarchitecture(With some reduced EUs, TMUs, ROPs, but still to software seen as the same as the desktop version), and a Steam OS version on a tablet, would be a few APT-Gets away from becoming a great graphics tablet, that could game well also. The Market is flooded with android tablets, but few Tablet platforms currently support/come with full linux versions, but the Steam OS (Being a Debian based Distro) would be great for gaming, with the added benefit of running the full desktop versions(the K1 for sure) of OpenGL, OpenCL, and the entire application ecosystem that the Debian Linux distro supports.
0 0 [Posted by: BigChiefRunAmok  | Date: 02/04/14 10:29:09 AM]
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if amazon wants to waste money there are children who are starving FYI, and it's not wasting money.
1 0 [Posted by: Yorgos  | Date: 02/03/14 01:20:09 PM]
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