Amazon’s streaming set top box will be a dongle device, could feature PC gaming

Saqib Shah
March 18, 2014

Amazon’s forthcoming set top box/games console will be a dongle-like device similar to the Google Chromecast and could be released as early as April.

Additionally, sources close to the project claim that it will support streaming for full PC game titles, making it a rival to the Xbox, Playstation and Steam, instead of just Android-powered consoles.

These streaming efforts will be more akin to the remote game service offered by OnLive, than to the local streaming that Nvidia offers through its Shield Android gaming console and Nvidia-powered gaming PCs.

The titles, which are said to be top-tier PC games, will be streamed from Amazon’s services at 30fps (which is comparable to most online video), according to another source that spoke to TechCrunch.

Additionally, it is thought the device will be used to promote the company’s recently rebranded video streaming service Amazon Instant Video and its MP3 offerings and music streaming service.

Whether or not the device will be added on as an Amazon Prime benefit – like the aforementioned video and music streaming services – is unclear at this stage, as is information regarding the general pricing of the product.

It will most likely plug in to the recently leaked Amazon gaming controller and will be compatible with the Kindle Fire too.


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Saqib Shah

Tech/gaming journalist for What Mobile magazine and website. Interests include film, digital media and foreign affairs.

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