Amazon TV box could run a forked version of Android, focus on games

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We’ve heard rumors of an Amazon web-connected TV box before, but today we get our first look at what is purported to be a piece of its hardware. It comes in the form of a game controller (a rather ugly one, might we add) that will supposedly interface with a set-top box running a forked version of Android, much like Amazon’s Kindle Fire range.

The media box is expected to give users access to Amazon’s wide range of digital content, from streaming movies and television to music, apps, and games. The presence of a dedicated controller suggests the latter, gaming, will be a central focus of the device. It is also likely the box will offer other services common to internet-connected TV hardware (though it will be interesting to see if the Amazon opens up their box to competing services like Netflix). The obvious focus, as with all of Amazon’s hardware, is on getting users to buy even more content from the retailer’s connected digital storefront.

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As for the controller itself, it is rather reminiscent of the OnLive controller, featuring a similar design and layout save for offset analog sticks and a row of Android-esque navigation buttons. The presence of these controls further cements the fact that the system will likely run on some modified form of Google’s mobile operating system.

Most reports state that Amazon wanted to have their TV offering ready to go in time for the holiday season last year, but it was delayed for undisclosed reasons. As such, the device is expected to launch sometime before the second half of 2014, meaning an announcement could come and day now.

[via ZatsNotFunny]

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  • Nick Mantzoros

    If it has enough power to run MAME emulators then it will be worth it, but if it’s like the Ouya, then why bother?

  • ChristianMcC

    Those controllers are so ugly!! Geez…

  • Del373

    …reminds me of the XBox 360 controller, only less stylish.

  • h4rr4r

    Wrong layout.
    Both sticks towards the middle or GTFO.

  • Mark Wheeler

    Why do companies have to always be jacking with controller shapes and button layouts? you can debate which is better but Playstation and Xbox got it right. It’s a working formula stick with it but maybe they can add their own flair to make it original but nobody wants to play with a weird awkward controller :p

    • Nick Mantzoros

      Patents make controllers hard to design. Until very recently, the reason why everyone’s D-Pad sucked was because Nintendo had a patent on the design.

  • The Credible Hulk

    Hopefully it’ll be better than the OUYA, I want to like it, but I don’t. I think I could have personally built/designed a better android gaming console.