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Amazon working on affordable PSone-esque alternative to PS4 and Xbox One

Amazon is ready to don its game-face with the firm’s next big hardware project reportedly an Android video game console priced at well below $300 [£182].

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Multiple sources told VG24/7 that the ecommerce specialist is looking at an Android OS-based system that will allows owners to download and stream games, music, movies and TV content.

Publishers that have met with Amazon have seen a unit the same size as the PSone redesign that is an oblong, grey, and has sharp edges with a full makeover likely before it ever sees the light of day

The hardware will be created in conjunction with Lab 126, the subsidiary that is responsible for designing the Kindle line of devices and it is being targeted at the affordable end of the market with plans to price it at less than $300 [£182].

It’s possible the device will be designed to be the central point of the living room and take advantage of Amazon’s vast catalogue of digital entertainment that stretches to music, films, TV shows and games.

Amazon sent out invites earlier this month to a recruitment event in Boston for a secretive new product that it claimed will “be even bigger than Kindle,” and it wouldn’t be a surprise were the home entertainment centrepiece what it was alluding to.

In terms of an Android-based games console, it isn’t the first time there has been noises in that direction and as far back as August 2013 it was being reported that a device would be on the way before 2013 was out.

When those rumours were outed, it was reported a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor would power the device and that it had already been chatting to game developers to try to add controller support to future tablet games.

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If Amazon does end up entering the console space its likely the console, which was reportedly delayed at the last minute in 2013, will release at some point in the coming months.