Rumor: Will Amazon launch a game console this fall alongside Microsoft and Sony?

If you thought that you would have two new games consoles to choose from this fall, you might want to think again. Two new reports claim that Amazon is developing its own game console and one report suggests it could launch on "Black Friday" (November 29th), or around the time that Microsoft and Sony are expected to launch the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles, respectively.

Game Informer states, via unnamed sources, that the Amazon console will be using Android as its operating system and will use the game titles that are already available on that platform. It's also supposed to have its own game controller. VentureBeat's own report, again using unnamed sources, suggests that Amazon's product will be for playing casual games. However, that same report points out that Amazon has a number of top secret projects underway and it's not clear if they will move forward and launch a game console.

Neither article had any details on what type of hardware would be inside Amazon's rumored game console. On the surface, the console sounds much like what Ouya launched earlier this year with its own $99 Android console. Spokespeople for Amazon would not comment on the stories. 

If Amazon is indeed planning to sneak in its own game console, it will be interesting to see how the company markets and promotes it alongside the planned launches of the Xbox One and PS4.

Source: Game Informer and VentureBeat | Image via Amazon

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