Web giant Amazon is reported to be making an Android-based Kindle gaming console, with a near-immenent release scheduled.
Custodians of the Kindle eReader and tablet brand, as well as the largest online shopping destination in the world, Game Informer are reporting that the Android-based games console could be ready by the end of the year, with a release date “most likely” to fall ahead of Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year for Americans.
And rather than focussing on casual mobile games already available through the Amazon App Store, the company are said to have been embarking on a game developer hiring spree to ensure core gamers are catered for, with the system also said to be shipping with a dedicated controller.
Following the formation of Amazon Game Studios, “focused on creating innovative, fun and well-crafted games”, Amazon released tower defense game Air Patriots in July.
“We know that many Amazon customers enjoy playing games, and we believe we can deliver great, accessible gaming experiences that gamers can play any time,” Amazon said at the time.
Now a string of high-profile games developers joining amazon’s ranks adds credence to this latest rumour. David Luehman sits as Amazon Game Studios director, and used to world at Trion Worlds (Defiance developer) and Microsoft Studios where he worked alongside top dev teams Turn 10, Ensemble and Aces. Amazon Game Studios also counts David Holmes among its ranks, who worked on Epic’s Gears of War 3 and Remedy’s Xbox One exclusive Quantum Break while at Microsoft Studios.
The Android console market would certainly look a lot more serious with a gargantuan player like Amazon involved, one that could push the marketing boat out enough to secure the talents of top-tier developers. Ouya, GameStick and Mad Catz with M.O.J.O are probably getting a little hot under the collar right now.