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How Amazon is preparing game developers for its microconsole
It's one of the games industry's worst kept secrets that microconsoles are coming from big-name companies. Gamasutra has learned details about how game developers are being courted for Amazon's own device.
It's one of the game industry's worst-kept secrets that video game microconsoles are coming from multiple big-name companies in the near future. Gamasutra has today learned details about how game developers are being courted for Amazon's upcoming living room device. As we've heard rumored before, Amazon is working alongside Qualcomm to deliver a TV-centric, OTT set-top box that will offer the Amazon App Store through your television, allowing users to access Android games, video and music. According to a trusted source close to the project, the team behind the device is mainly talking to game developers in the U.S. at the moment, although it is also reaching out to a handful of other game developers in other parts of the world too. The idea is to pull in game developers to build as rich an ecosystem for the device as possible. The company is aiming high-end with its tech, and hopes this combination of sophisticated hardware and large developer base will be able to challenge Google's own similar device that is also on the way. This all-in-one device isn't the only goal, however. Amazon's long-term plan is to bring as many developers over to Amazon products as possible -- for example, the next Kindle will most likely also support game controllers, and act as an extension for the Amazon box.