Reports: Amazon To Launch Console

According to reports, a senior game publisher has seen prototypes of Amazon’s Android-based gaming console. According to VG24/7, the console will be priced at around $300, and it will be about the size of the PSone. The device is reported to be ready for launch this year. Whether the report is true, it’s no secret that Amazon is interested in a device – be it a set-top box or a game console – on which to feature streamed content for the living room, if only to differentiate itself from Netflix, who are clearly dominating the streamed content space. It also wants to boost its Prime Instant Video service, and this device would be a perfect conduit to do just that. It’s doubtful that we’ll see something of precisely this iteration, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see Amazon put out hardware designed to lure consumers into its ecosystem in this calendar year.