It’s being reported that Amazon is set to enter the video games market with its own games streaming service. Though the rumours have yet to be verified, it’s being claimed that the service could be up and running as soon as Christmas 2020 – putting Amazon in direct competition with the next-gen consoles, the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Scarlett.
According to a report from CNET [via GamesIndustry.biz], Amazon is currently in negotiations with some of the biggest names in gaming and is aiming for an official announcement in the coming months. It’s also being claimed that Amazon is already hiring people with experience of the games industry, including the likes of Microsoft.
The Amazon Web Service team is also said to be hiring for a “new initiative,” which is heavily speculated to be a video games streaming service. Considering that Amazon owns Twitch, we can definitely expect something to be happening with the two if the rumours are true.
Speaking to CNET, Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter is the one claiming the service could be live as soon as next year. He went on to add: “The odds of them letting the Scarlett and PS5 launch without Amazon being there is zero.”
Is the future of gaming really going to be cloud-based? Google Stadia is officially here and it’s gotten itself some mixed-to-poor reviews from critics and consumers alike. In light of the lukewarm reception, Google has decided the best thing to do is talk about the benefits of its “gender neutral” Stadia controller. Okay.
Called the “Wasabi,” the supposedly gender neutral controller is a mint green colour and is designed “to appeal to women,” and with “smaller hands” in mind. The controller has received a lot of backlash across social media.
As for Stadia itself, it has seemingly failed to impress. Can Amazon fair any better?
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