Amazon to launch an Android gaming console/set-top box in 2014?
According to recent reports, Amazon is planning to launch an Android-based gaming and entertainment device at a price of under $300 sometime in 2014. The yet unnamed device will offer access to entertainment such as music, movies, and television, on top of its gaming capabilities. It is designed by Amazon's technical subsidiary, Lab 126, which is also responsible for the company's Kindle devices. Allegedly, it's powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor.
The reports state that prospective publishers have already been introduced to the hardware, and have seen it demoed with popular mobile games. Allegedly, the prototype unit approximates the later Sony PlayStation 1, known as PSone, in size. It's gray in color, oblong in shape, and has sharp edges. It's safe to say that the device will face a makeover before it's ready for production.
Amazon will price the machine competitively - it will cost below $300. In an interesting related bit of news, lately Amazon has been looking to hire developers with serious background in the game industry for its Amazon Game Studios. The company wouldn't be searching for a lead programmer experienced in the biggest 3D game engines, only to produce Candy Crusher Saga clones, would it?