Posted on February 21, 2014 AT 11:10am
Amazon may be releasing a set-top box box next month, according to a report from Recode.
Citing sources “who are partnering with Amazon,” Recode’s report describes the device as one designed to go toe-to-toe with Apple TV and Roku boxes. What’s unclear, however, is whether it will also serve as a gaming machine.
In a separate report, however, Recode points out how Amazon not only recently acquired Killer Instinct and Strider developer Double Helix Games, but is currently actively hiring AAA game development talent. A listing for a creative director on Amazon notes that their team “includes industry veterans of dozens of titles including Thief, System Shock 2, Half-Life 2, Left for Dead, Age of Empires, Halo, Gears of War, Forza, Call of Duty, and BioShock, with a punch of Amazon peculiarity thrown in.”
Word that Amazon might be getting into the game scene first surfaced August 2013, in a report from Game Informer. Talks of an Amazon-branded set-top box have been in the air even longer—with word that it would originally arrive in time for Christmas 2013 (which, of course, never came to pass).
It seems likely that the Amazon machine would be an all-in-one device, something that provides video services like Amazon Instant Video as well as gaming, considering their aggressive expansion into the territory.
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