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Leaked Images Show What Could Be Amazon's Video Game Controller

Illustration for article titled Leaked Images Show What Could Be Amazons Video Game Controller

The rumors about Amazon's entry into the game console/set-top box gained a ton of credibility this morning, as shots of a gamepad bearing the online giant's logo hit the web.

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Seen on The Verge, the images come from Anatel, a regulatory division of the Brazilian government analogous to the FCC in the U.S. With a blocky design reminiscent of the OnLive controller, the Amazon gamepad features what look like home, back and menu button, along with a dedicated input for the company's GameCircle storefront.

Amazon has yet to officially comment on the living-room-aimed, Android-powered hardware that they're supposedly building. They bought game development studio Double Helix last month, calling the acquisition " part of our ongoing commitment to build innovative games for customers."

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Keep in mind this might not be a final design for the gamepad. We've reached out to Amazon about the game controller images and will update this story if they respond.

Illustration for article titled Leaked Images Show What Could Be Amazons Video Game Controller
Illustration for article titled Leaked Images Show What Could Be Amazons Video Game Controller
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[Anatel, via The Verge]

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stephentotilo
Stephen Totilo

This Amazon stuff is hard to pin down. Amazon has been meeting with development studios for some time, according to several people I've talked to in the games industry. But some seemed convinced that this was to get these studios to sign on to make games for existing Amazon platforms, namely Kindle. Others believe there's an actual console coming, though even there details on what the console is have been murky. Android-based is about all the specifics I ever heard.

I've heard less about a console than I have about Amazon's clear desire to sign games. And the impression I get is that we're not talking about just casual games but games that a traditional console gamer might care about. What I haven't been able to pin down at all on that front is whether we're talking about the equivalent of Ouya-level games, in other words, a generation or so behind current consoles with the kind of compelling but narrow scope that you'd find in a modern indie game—or if we're talking huge, expensive games that would compete for the attention of someone interested in the likes of a Call of Duty or Assassin's Creed. My gut tells me it's the former, but I really don't know and Amazon's got the money to do pretty much whatever they want.