As Amazon continues to be one of the #1 online retailers in the world, it seemed like only a matter of time before the website tried to break into the lucrative market of gaming. It does appear like Amazing is making a game console. Thanks to Dave Zatz, we have photos of what the controller may look like. In the image you can see a game controller that doesn’t appear to be as ergonomically designed as controllers we’re used to, but the company managed to fit a lot of buttons in a small amount of space. If the set top box is anything like speculation believes, it will combine all of Amazon’s features like ordering products, browsing their Kindle store, and renting movies..
The controller itself has the buttons you would expect for smooth gaming — Two joysticks, a D Pad, two shoulder buttons, and your A, B, X, and Y buttons. The interesting thing about this controller is the buttons featured on the bottom that appear to be media controls, showing that whatever Amazon is making will go far beyond just playing games. Another odd thing about the controller are the center buttons — Those three are all android icons. Whatever system Amazon is developing, it appears it will be based on Android technology. The fourth center button remains a mystery. It may serve as a power button for the system, but the symbol on the button matches the logo for Amazon GameCircle, where you can check leaderboards and achievements for their games.
It looks like this system may come out sooner rather than later. Even if it doesn’t handle games at first, Amazon appears eager to get a set top box out to compete with Apple TV and Roku. It also appears that this controller takes two AA batteries, a step backwards from many of the built in battery packs we see today. What do you think? Could this generation of consoles see four major first party developers instead of just three? Does this controller look conducive to comfortable and effective gaming to you? Let us know what you think in the comments!