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Amazon Said to be Working on Android Gaming Console

by Sean P. Aune | August 9, 2013August 9, 2013 9:00 am PST


According to a new report, the Ouya Android gaming console may be getting some new competition from mega-retailer Amazon.

Sources speaking with Game Informer has suggested that Amazon is in deep development on its own Android powered gaming console that could be released by as soon as Nov. 29. The date is intriguing as it is also known as Black Friday in the United States due to it being the biggest shopping day of the year, and the kick-off to the holiday shopping season.

No other details or known at this time such as a potential price, but should Amazon follow the pricing scheme it uses for the Kindle and Kindle Fire, it will be sold for a price not too much higher than its manufacturing cost. Amazon views these devices as gateways into its ecosystem, and that’s where it will end up making its profit.

Should this rumor come true, it will be interesting to see how the console fares. The company behind the Ouya console recently reported that only only 27 percent of its owners have actually purchased a game. With Amazon’s name brand recognition it could potentially move far more consoles, but would it actually sell enough games to make it profitable? We’ll just have to wait and find out.

More on this as it develops.

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Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...