Those Amazon smartphone rumours appear to have just about flatlined (never say never, I guess), but in any case, there’s a new kid on the Amazon hardware rumour block.
It runs Android, but it’s not a smartphone – or a tablet. Ladies and gentlemen, brace yourselves for the Amazon Android games console.
Game Informer relays the whispers of people “with knowledge of the in-development hardware”, with the Amazon Android games console tipped for a Black Friday (day after Thanksgiving) release.
There is, of course, already the Ouya Android games console, but while it’s had mixed reviews and suffered various hiccups/delays along the way, Amazon is a colossal retailer with an already-solid presence in the Android field.
The Amazon Kindle Fire has been a massive success, and the selling-at-a-loss-with-a-focus-on-content model would surely translate perfectly to a games console. It’d be useless without content.
And not forgetting the Amazon Android App Store, which offers a daily free app.
Personally, I don’t see the attraction in a low-power console running games designed for phones, and the notion arrives at a strange time with the PS4 and Xbox One on the horizon.
But hey, maybe there’s room for a low-end games console much like there is low-end phones? Not everyone has £500 to throw away on a console and £40 per game.
What do you think? Good idea? Bad idea? Let rip below.