The rumor mill towards Amazon’s hardly secret game console, which will most likely stream games, keeps building. VG24/7 has spotted a job posting on the company’s website, which reads:
"Amazon Game Studios and Double Helix games are passionate about building highly creative, exciting, and innovative entertainment for avid video game players. Combining a startup atmosphere with the ambition to build cutting-edge technology, our game teams are looking for a passionate engineer who wants to move fast, have fun, and make a big impact on the game industry.As a Software Development Engineer developing tools and technology, you will be a creative problem solver who enjoys working with designers and gameplay programmers on new tools for our existing and future game teams. We are looking for an engineer that is passionate about improving the lives of game developers, enabling them to quickly and easily create game experiences they never have before."
The posts also lists experience with 3D game development engines as a desired skill, specifically mentioning Unity, Unreal and CryEngine.
The article also goes on to mention that Amazon’s mystery console may see a release as soon as April. Given that we are nearly through March, that seems like a quick and dirty release. However, a steaming-based console could already have a large library available from the start, and I imagine Amazon will market the hell out of it.
Good marketing aside, a key differentiation would be Amazon’s apparent commitment to first party titles. This is a very smart move on their part rather than just releasing some device that streams games you can already buy as they will potentially be offering plenty of unique original and hopefully good exclusive content that you can only get through Amazon’s specific console. Personally it makes me a lot more intrigued and excited about what this console might offer, especially if I can just plug it into my TV and stream from there.