Report: Amazon's console could stream "top-tier" PC games at 30fps

Sources also reveal that retailer's rumored console will have a form factor similar to Google's Chromecast.

Amazon's rumored console could stream full PC titles, sources speaking with TechCrunch said today. Such functionality would conceivably allow the system to compete directly with Xbox and PlayStation consoles, as well as PC download hubs like Origin and Steam.

Games available for streaming are described as "top-tier," though specific titles were not mentioned. They will be streamed, according to the report, using Amazon's services and will run at 30fps. Amazon already has an extensive network of high-capacity servers across the country, which are currently used to power its various digital content and cloud-based initiatives.

The site's sources also said Amazon's rumored console will have a form factor similar to Google's Chromecast--meaning it will plug into your TV via a dongle. Streaming company Roku recently launched its own streaming device employing a very similar design.

Last week, we got our first look at the rumored Amazon gaming controller, though it is unclear if it will be included with the Amazon console. The role Amazon's premium subscription service Amazon Prime will play with the rumored console is also up in the air.

Amazon has yet to comment in any way regarding its rumored console.

It was previously unclear if Amazon's rumored box would support gaming, but that is now looking very likely with today's streaming news and the leaked 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.

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111 comments
Algearond
Algearond

I LOVE Amazon, but this.....no. I will stick with Steam except for things such as TESO.

mooooo99
mooooo99

an amazon console?? no thanks mate..

Sndewey
Sndewey

Not worth it people, save your money and buy a PS4 or build/build a PC, this isn't a scam but its not worth the money. Amazon wants to make it seem like you are saving money doing this but its only going to cost you more; besides, playing on PC or PS4/Xbone gives you a better premium while playing and access to a larger library of games.

aci808
aci808

PC elitists are delusional socially awkward morons under the false assumption that people who prefer to game on consoles are somehow broke. I have a pretty sweet rig and multiple consoles, my preference is still consoles. If you call people peasants, it's obvious that you're doing it to make yourself feel better because there's something you are very insecure about. Sorry to break the news, but you're the peasant. Especially because you're the one fetching my coffee at Starbucks, or scanning my items at Best Buy.

Anigmar
Anigmar

30 fps streaming?  I don't see the point in paying for low fps gaming fully dependant of the internet connection. 45-60 is fine, 30 looks quite choppy.

billlabowski
billlabowski

I think Amazon, Microsoft and Sony fail to realize that America's broadband infrastructure is one of the worst in the world. But good luck to them I guess...

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Streaming sucks so bad. I can sort of understand streaming PS1, PS2 or Xbox games or even like a low res handheld game or something but a full PC game? At least PS1 and PS2 games aren't going to be hampered by lower resolutions when they were pretty much 2 x 4 resolution to start with.


They never run as well as locally and you need a reasonable internet to get the most out of it. I have 5MB broadband and I can only JUST play it. And there are screen artefacts and it is all in low resolution. Which considering the games in question were running from my laptop at 720p that is saying a lot.

bj91x
bj91x

Even though I prefer all digital, I don't see myself ever going the stream route. It will be a long time before internet speed will be good enough to handle precision based games such as fighting games. Crappy ISP's like Comcast and their caps won't play well with how much time I would spend playing streaming games. Online requirement sucks since I won't always be connected. Lastly, I won't pay for games that I can't own physically (on discs, hard drives, etc.).

slainta
slainta

If it doesn't play games it isn't a video game console. It's a tv set-top box with a controller.

Steameffekt
Steameffekt

Amazon should look at the disaster that is Onlive. They went bankrupt for a reason.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

"Rumor" about those 30fps that people seems to hate so much on a console with an "always online requirement" that people also seems to hate so much and that will be released quite some time after the rest of machines and with a lot of costumers already playing their stuff in their respective consoles and PC's
What can possibly go wrong?

SkyAboveThePort
SkyAboveThePort

All I read was, "unclear," "rumored," "up in the air," and "has yet to comment in any way." Great news coverage at its best! =)

LesserAngel
LesserAngel

Yeah, 30 fps only looks good if the game you're playing was made to run at 30 fps, going down to 30 from 60 is going to be noticeably painful.

andmcq
andmcq

Disaster incoming...

Amazon, go and ask Panasonic how entering the Market works out if you halfarse it.  

mr_nee
mr_nee

Drop the console, make a Philips Smart TV app or make conosle built in controller with miracast support and I'm interested

mr_nee
mr_nee

even if it was 1080p - streamed 1080p is not as detailed as locally rendered 1080p. They need to compress the video and the result is... well take a look at YouTube

khuzko
khuzko

not interested in a console with an ugly controller

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

Thanks Amazon, but I'm not interested in streaming my games.

eyeball2452
eyeball2452

It's always been a great idea, but the old elephant in the room still exists.  It exists in every industry that tries a share model.  What guarantees do I, as the costumer, receive for my piddly little subscription fee each month?  Do i get guaranteed uptime?


We've lost our sense of ownership.  Relying on companies has failed in various ways for a long time.  It would take a track record over a long time to change my mind.

Poodger
Poodger

An Amazon console seems pretty interesting. I have already counted out the PS4 and Xbone, I would like to see what Amazon has to offer though. I like Amazon overall too as a company.

IndependenceYou
IndependenceYou

Take eddie out of the gamespot picture and thered be like 6 articles a week on this site haha

sammoth
sammoth

This crap again. Don't know why companies bother with this crap. Most people who play PC games have a strong enough rig and with Steam prices you don't need to rent.

Bangerman15
Bangerman15

Not on board with streaming pc games at 30 fps... Still curious to what a company with so many billions of dollars can bring to the gaming table though.  And knowing amazon, it will probably be priced pretty competitively. 

StHapns247
StHapns247

My shits look better than that controller.

tomservo51
tomservo51

This could be the end of Steam, sell your stock now. Gaben is fat.

Algearond
Algearond

@aci808  BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA trust me, I make more in a day at work then you do in a month, peasant.

Sndewey
Sndewey

@aci808  Only a peasant thinks income means the world to a person's class; Starbucks, Bestbuy, if these are the services you rely on, you are the peasant.

neowarrior121
neowarrior121

@Anigmar  30 fps cannot be choppy, you cannot see the difference. its only when the 30 fps drops below 24 fps when you actually feel anything. 

mr_nee
mr_nee

@sammoth  So i guess this is for people who don't play yet, people who don't play PC yet and who don't have a PC that magically upgrades itself every few years

what steam prices? DarkSouls2 = 50eur!

rarson
rarson

@tomservo51  

Yeah, who would want access to the full library of PC titles running locally on good hardware at high framerates when you can stream the "top-tier" games at 30 FPS? I bet Valve is quaking in their boots.

j0e_uk
j0e_uk

@neowarrior121 @Anigmar  I hate when people say that, it's a complete myth. If you cant tell the difference when a games running at 30fps compared to 60fps you need your eyes checking.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@collingtonuk @Steameffekt  Part of but it will never be THE future of gaming.

If it ever becomes anything it will be like Microsoft are trying now. Part of a game running locally and part of it offset onto the internet. Full streaming just sucks too bad to be a viable thing as far as I can see.

I mean OnLive requires at least 5MB broadband and then you also get screen artefacts and low resolutions. If you are lucky enough to be in a fibre optic area, then it removes the screen artefacts apparently and gets rid of latency somewhat but overall it is just as crap quality.

Streaming has got nothing on playing a game locally.

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

5-7 years is not a few years, your console doesn't magically upgrade either.

ACMC85
ACMC85

@rarson @tomservo51If it's decent I'm in. I love my PC, but I have grown tired of the Windows 8 incompatibility headaches lately. New updates screw up my RPGs.

Sam_021
Sam_021

@neowarrior121  You must be retarded as that could be the only reason why you can't tell the difference! Being an IT student doesn't mean shit, however, being a doctor might help as you'd learn that it all depends on how much your eye is trained!

Sndewey
Sndewey

@neowarrior121 @Ripper_TV  I wouldn't say 30fps looks Choppy to me but I think 60 Fps is better; however, certain titles don't go over 30 fps.

solarrainuk
solarrainuk

@neowarrior121 @Ripper_TV  http://boallen.com/fps-compare.html there, now you can figure it out yourself. It's quite clear there's choppy movement in the 30fps cube animation compared to 60. 


I'm not sure why your experiment didn't prove how obvious the difference is, I just assume your test itself was flawed.


Granted, the difference between 30 and 60 is not as noticeable, and between 60 and 120 even less so. But the difference is VERY noticeable when actually playing certain games that require rapid movement/reflexes and target tracking, like most FPS games.


Also I don't know why you even mentioned 24fps, what does that have to do with anything? it's a movie standard and has nothing to do with the fps of games. The fact that you did mention it, makes me think that you don't even understand the differences between the two mediums.

neowarrior121
neowarrior121

@Ripper_TV @neowarrior121  im sure you must have super vision then cause like i said its IMPOSSIBLE to determine the fps speeds of a game unless its DIRECTLY corresponds with the speed of the game. UNLESS you see a 24 fps example first, YOU EYES have no premise to determine the speeds. 

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

@neowarrior121  Wow, dude. Are you for real? I don't want to offend you, but I got some harsh words for you and 50 of your blind buddies.

neowarrior121
neowarrior121

@j0e_uk @neowarrior121 @Anigmar  ha nope, i have 20/20 version and because im an IT student and all of use at university got bored one day we tested this out. 30 fps 60 fps 90 fps 120 fps we ran all of them at the same time at the same speed (block jumping up and down). not one of the 50 people in the room could tell the difference. it was only until we played the 24fps next to them could be tell them apart. just like gaming if the game runs at 25+ fps constantly you have no reference whatsoever to the fps, its only when gameplay such as speed is directly influenced too by fps is when you can tell the difference. borderlands 2 is an example of it at 120 fps game play is actually speeded up by the fps but other games were its no in correlation to actual gameplay can any diffrence be found. as part of my degree i done graphical design and games design both at required me to go into depth with this subject. 

neowarrior121
neowarrior121

@PETERAKO @neowarrior121 @billlabowski  are you insinuating that all americans are lazy and its a byproduct of being american? also it makes little sense to cater to america when all of europe is like twice the population of all of USA.

rarson
rarson

@ACMC85

 Haven't experienced any gaming problems with Windows 8, myself.