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Amazon to release set-top box or console in March – report

Friday, 21st February 2014 15:54 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Amazon is set to release its set-top box in March, according to sources speaking with Recode. The Android-powered box will deliver the firm’s video content and will possibly allow for apps on user’s television sets. Rumors have been swirling around the box since last year, and back in January, sources close to VG247 confirmed this and provided a few details on its innards. The box is said to be similar to Ouya, and will be priced below $300. Thanks, Ars Technica.

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9 Comments

  1. fearmonkey

    IF the rumored AppleTV update is true then it should be interesting to see which ouya like console comes out on top.

    #1 5 months ago
  2. SLARTIBAF1

    @fearmonkey: Definitely not OUYA, that’s for sure!

    #2 5 months ago
  3. Dragon

    @fearmonkey,
    Definitely more powerful than Ouya. Its 300$ supposedly.
    But I am anxious to see their biz model. Its clear an all open hardware doesn’t have any benefits for the hardware maker. Console makers sell consoles at breakeven prices or at a loss for the hope of seeing profits on software, clearly shown by the fact that consoles are the cheapest devices when taking into consideration their specs. Almost all consumer electronics hardware, from mobiles to PCs, are sold at a decent profit from the start, except consoles.
    An “open” system would ensure console makers would have the price advantage over Amazon (not so much for MS and Ninty, who have a unwanted Kinect and useless Gamepad needlessly increasing the cost of the SKU).

    Anyway, definitely interesting times.

    #3 5 months ago
  4. TheWulf

    Of course, the problem with Apple hardware is that, as always, you’re paying a 200 per cent markup for the name. You could get better, cheaper hardware elsewhere. Not to mention that iOS is a closed platform, riddled with the same issues that the current console model has.

    #4 5 months ago
  5. TheWulf

    So, yeah, whomever wins this scene I hope it isn’t Apple. It irritates me that Apple is doing so well, honestly, when basically they’re snake oil merchants. They provide a good product, but also a ridiculously overpriced and locked down one that you don’t really own in the first place.

    I keep thinking that people will wake up to these sorts of tactics, but then I remember stuff like Star Citizen and how easily people are brainwashed by marketing. Because they lack self awareness and the ability to question their own actions. That’s the kind of market Apple thrives on.

    #5 5 months ago
  6. Patrick Garratt

    It’s just “visual Kindle”. I reckon it’ll be PS2-ish in terms of games power.

    #6 5 months ago
  7. Dragon

    @Patrick Garratt ,
    $300 for PS2 levels of power?
    Ridiculous. Vita handsomely defeats PS2 in power, and has a screen and is less than 200 bucks.
    Vita TV has those guts for 99 bucks.

    #7 5 months ago
  8. mattsas

    What’s the bloody point? Android is sweet portable and functional system, but the games on this platform suck big time. Add the touch screen control scheme to that and you’ve got disaster coming up.
    I just don’t see the point of making portable system stationary, especially for the price…

    #8 5 months ago
  9. ddtd

    @mattsas That’s assuming that the only games it will run will be mobile ports.

    More likely than not, they plan on getting devs to make hardware specifically for the platform. I think this is backed up by Amazon’s acquisition of Double Helix.

    #9 5 months ago

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