Amazon Android games console before Christmas?

Amazon Android games console before Christmas?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.

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JanSt / MOD  Aug. 11, 2013 at 12:47

Good? Bad? Inevitable. I have no idea why anyone would buy a Fire. And I will never know why anyone would want this. My life sucks. Apparently.

apcody  Aug. 11, 2013 at 14:07

If this is say £100 they are good devices - I would have bought a Ouya but for some issues - you have a device that turns your TV into a smart TV but with full internet access, wireless media centre and allows you to play some games not sure what the issue is at all.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 11, 2013 at 15:01

If this is say £100 they are good devices - I would have bought a Ouya but for some issues - you have a device that turns your TV into a smart TV but with full internet access, wireless media centre and allows you to play some games not sure what the issue is at all.

I guess there is no issue - except: there are a few hundred Android tablet models; Amazon's App Store is relatively stinky etc... On the other hand: no issues, if you don't consider anything an issue. Life is good.

apcody  Aug. 11, 2013 at 17:46

:| except this is not a tablet - Amazon app store not the best granted but my comments were based on the concept of these generally in that for £100 it is a lot of machine with many functions which the article seems not to mention instead compares them to a £450 games console.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 11, 2013 at 19:47

:| except this is not a tablet - Amazon app store not the best granted but my comments were based on the concept of these generally in that for £100 it is a lot of machine with many functions which the article seems not to mention instead compares them to a £450 games console.

That is true. Question is: Are Android mobile games that compelling? Not sure about numbers in general, but in here in Ireland in 80%+ of all households is some type of tablet, and I reckon many many families have a games console. Now more and more schools here offer subsidised iPads and Galaxy tablets instead of schoolbooks... How attractive will another Android thing be? Then you have GTA5 launching in autumn and what-not... and people are simply broke.

I guess we'll see.

apcody  Aug. 11, 2013 at 20:20

I agree if you limit its appeal simply as a games console it may be limited although at £100 compared to £450 certainly attractive for those on a budget. If however say you wanted a streaming media player alone which this is more than capable of doing it would probably set you back at least £100 or say you wanted a way to watch netflix on your non smart TV and then add in all the other functions this will accomplish as I said above I think these machines are great value.

The os this has is to some degree irrelevant to try and achieve through separate devices anything anywhere near what this one device can accomplish for your TV would probably set you back three times the price.

Stelph  Aug. 12, 2013 at 09:29

I agree if you limit its appeal simply as a games console it may be limited although at £100 compared to £450 certainly attractive for those on a budget. If however say you wanted a streaming media player alone which this is more than capable of doing it would probably set you back at least £100 or say you wanted a way to watch netflix on your non smart TV and then add in all the other functions this will accomplish as I said above I think these machines are great value.

The os this has is to some degree irrelevant to try and achieve through separate devices anything anywhere near what this one device can accomplish for your TV would probably set you back three times the price.


Yeah I agree, although its being referred to as a games console in the rumours it will also be a streaming device for getting amazons media onto the TV, it would also be nice if it also had a USB slot/HDD and allowed you to add your own media for display but I suspect like Apple they wont add that feature

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 12, 2013 at 13:23

Good points. I'm tired of tablets evolving by adding more speed more pixels etc. Add convenience. USB ports and other connectivity.
In light of PRISM and non-governental hackery many companies will cut back on cloud usage. Already happening.
Get back to the basics and get it right.

pat-w  Aug. 12, 2013 at 16:09

so what happened to the Amazon mobile?
mind you if its anything like the kindle fire hd then they can keep it under wraps

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 12, 2013 at 16:21

so what happened to the Amazon mobile?
mind you if its anything like the kindle fire hd then they can keep it under wraps


I do not see how an Amazon phone would make any sense. With a tablet they can sell ALL their content. But a phone isn't ideal for ebooks, and the large phones aside, a tablet is still better to enjoy full movies. If they release a phablet type thing they'd cut into their own tabs.

Also: I wouldn't trust Amazon. Have access to my ebook usage? Whatever. But my phone contents, contacts etc etc? No way. And I know quite a few people who see it that way.
Having said that, a lot of folks do not care. If it's free or cheap they'd sell out their nearest and dearest.

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