Amazon’s rumored set-top box could support games, be a streaming stick

Amazon logoThe rumored Amazon set-top box may actually not be a set-top box at all, but instead a streaming stick à la Roku's most recent announcement and Google's Chromecast. TechCrunch initially reported the rumor suggesting that the stick will also handle games, consistent with other rumors that Amazon had developed a gaming controller.

Amazon set-top box rumors go back almost a year to when Amazon was supposedly working on a Roku or Apple TV-style box for streaming content. The streaming hardware landscape shifted fairly dramatically when Google announced its Chromecast last summer, and Roku's own streaming stick product got a long delay in the following months.

Google Chromecast

Amazon's stick will provide services similar to the struggling OnLive, which allows PC gamers to stream a collection of titles for a monthly fee. The titles will reportedly stream at 30fps, says TechCrunch. One of TechCrunch's sources reports that the stick will stream PC titles, which is at odds with the game controller rumors.

Amazon's Prime Instant Video and music services are likely to be integrated with the streaming stick as well, but the gaming integration will give the product a competitive edge over the likes of the Chromecast and Roku's stick. The launch has been most recently rumored to happen by the end of this month.

Source: Ars Technica

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