First images of Amazon's game controller appear -- What do you think?

Take a look at what we believe is the controller for Amazon's rumored set-top box.

The first images of the controller for Amazon's rumored set-top box have appeared and the device looks a lot like a mashup of the Xbox One and OnLive controllers. What do you think? The images come by way of noted blogger Dave Zatz (via Techcrunch), who scooped them from an overseas regulatory agency, he says.

Image credit: Dave Zatz

As you can see in the images, Amazon's wireless Bluetooth controller sports standard control options like A,B,X, and Y buttons, shoulder and trigger pads, as well as media playback buttons. You'll also notice Android-style icons for 'Home,' 'Menu,' and 'Back," and a central button that will presumably connect you to Amazon's GameCircle service. The streaming device is believed to run on a modified version of Android.

According to a report from last month, Amazon will launch this rumored set-top box in March, and possibly for under $300. It will reportedly compete directly with Apple TV and Roku products, in that you'll be able to easily access video content through your TV.

It was previously unclear if the rumored box would support gaming, but that is now looking very likely with the emergence of the controller images. Amazon has increased its gaming-related hiring of late and even acquired Killer Instinct and Strider developer Double Helix Games for an undisclosed sum last month.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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Discussion

404 comments
LilithN
LilithN

At first I thought there were stich marks on it. Was thinking, is it made of textile?? Its fugly.

tightwad34
tightwad34

That controller looks absolutely terrible. It's not 1990, is it? Whoever thought that was a good final product really needs to be fired or relocated to an entirely different department.

Restivus
Restivus

The other three buttons next to the GameCircle button are: Shopping Cart, My Account, and Recommendations (which links to an advertisement for Kindle).

huerito323
huerito323

another ugly Xbox controller wannabe. 

drybones41
drybones41

Eh, it doesn't look comfortable and it looks ugly. I do prefer the left stick to be on the bottom as well...

wa128
wa128

Just use your xbox controller... It is the best in my opinion... No and I do'nt play games on xbox or anything... just use the controller

Psycold
Psycold

haha I hope this is a joke. That thing looks like a thrown out prototype from the first Xbox. 

nigelholden
nigelholden

Looks boxy, uncomfortable, and bland.

mooooo99
mooooo99

err, no thanks m8. looks awful.. whats with all these home consoles running android as well??

GunEye
GunEye

cheap XB1 knock off that what I think!

looks ugly too.

Karmazyn
Karmazyn

This is the worst looking pad I have ever seen.

cws3e
cws3e

looks more like a prototype than a production model.

Meta_Dragon
Meta_Dragon

Jeeze amazon, did you have the designers from the original xbox or dreamcast design that thing? It look's horrible. The only way that would be useful is if my hands were chewbacca sized.

SajaTo
SajaTo

doesn't look much ergonomic

rickphoenixxx
rickphoenixxx

It's like a 360 controller that let itself go and gained weight.

scottman256
scottman256

The Direction Pad on this controller looks a lot like Nintendo's. Microsoft and Sony had to change their designs to avoid infringing on Nintendo's patent. Is that patent expired now?

NiGhtPiSH
NiGhtPiSH

If it comes with a Windows driver, I'd totally grab one.

mariokarthero
mariokarthero

It looks likke a mix of the PS3 and Xbox 360 controllers

Jake518
Jake518

It looks ugly, bulky, and uncomfortable. It doesn't seem that Amazon studied what made Sony's and Microsoft's controllers successful. 

safari421
safari421

the system that will ultimately win is the system that one day will be a lot like a pc or steam box but as idiot proof as a consul.We  can upgrade parts when we want as we want. can you imagine how easy life would be? having everything uniform and not having consul wars? 

safari421
safari421

you gotta be kidding me. looks past gen or a shitty Mad Catz product

Darth_Aloysius
Darth_Aloysius

I don't understand the purpose of having a console that only plays android games - surely people only want to play these on their tablets and their phones? If they want to sit down and actually play a game they'll get a proper console.

CrashOV
CrashOV

It looks alright. But you can't be certain unless you can actually hold one. Should be fine as long as they don't feel like a cheap plastic toy like the PS3 controllers.

wallacom
wallacom

Did MS patent their controller? Every available option there now looks like xbox controller: The Wii U pro, Xeon Pro (PS3/PC), now this. Soon you'll see an xbox controller for PS4.

jcknapier711
jcknapier711

It looks like it was designed by that famous Chinese artist Ug Lee.

M413FIK-E
M413FIK-E

Looks like a turd with buttons on it.

DigiRave
DigiRave

Fake render??? .....


Or maybe early prototype?

Darion350
Darion350

Almost looks Military due to the uncaring sharp edges and the drab olive color.  

kane6911
kane6911

while i do not see this as being true. i will say that if it is true the market that amazon can produce will hurt sony's sales and the wii-u. they can offer cheaper games by cutting out the middle man and by not having physical copies of the games. they are their own store market.just like Microsoft they will make games all digital content only. this will and could be a killer of systems if this where to be so.

slaughterdj
slaughterdj

@safari421 You just contradicted yourself. Upgrade when you want, but have everything uniform? Upgrading is exactly why consoles still exist. A standard is needed. I think cloud gaming may be the future. Company X can then upgrade servers running the games, giving everyone the upgrade.

Clavera
Clavera

@safari421 Back in the days, the uniforms were pretty nice but the horrid consul wars sucked.

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

@kane6911 They are still going to be stuck with android games so I doubt it will take a chunk out of AAA game development for consoles.