Late last year, Amazon reportedly demonstrated a secret video game console named mysteriously as the “V1” (Most likely being the name of the prototype, “Version 1”) so we decided to dig about to see what we could come up with. If the rumors are true then Amazon could possibly become an arch-rival for Microsoft Corp., Nintendo and Sony Corp. as soon as the console is released
The world’s largest online retailer is working on “a dedicated games and entertainment device” that will be available this year and priced below $300 (£181), reports VG247. The console will run Google Android operating system , will be compatible with popular titles for smartphones and media tablets. It is also likely that the system will support games designed specifically for it but no accurate evidence is available to prove this true. It is also believed that Amazon’s console will be based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon system-on-chip, which should provide decent performance for games originally designed for Android or iOS platforms, but do not expect it to be comparable with the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. At present Amazon is demonstrating the prototype of the console to publishers. It is reported that the device is about the size of the PSone, oblong in shape and with sharp edges. The final version will most likely be different from the prototype, as usually this is the matter.
The rumours are strong and the company are not speaking a word on the subject but this could be a very positive thing, maybe scaring the competition a little but also keeping their technology original to themselves.
Quite naturally, the new console will support not only games, but also music and video delivery services that Amazon offers. Given the market situation and the nature of game console business, it is logical to expect the device to offer ultra-high-definition video playback and output, plenty of graphics processing horsepower and other capabilities expected from a gaming device.
We hope to see something original from the marketing giant or quite possibly, something pre-existing but more re-defined for the user. As previously mentioned, Amazon are keeping their cards close to their chest but we hope to see this console become top contender with new release ‘Steam box’.