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.

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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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