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Amazon buys Double Helix, foreshadowing its first console

Amazon buys Double Helix, foreshadowing its first console

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Amazon has purchased “Killer Instinct” developer Double Helix, possibly foreshadowing the company’s long-rumored plans to release a gaming console.

The news, which was first broken by TechCrunch and later confirmed by Amazon, follows nearly a year of rumors that Amazon will release its own gaming console to take on Microsoft and Sony. A report surfaced last week that Amazon was planning on releasing the console sometime this year for less than $300. The report claims the console will be based on a modified version of Android, similar to the company’s Kindle Fire tablets.

Amazon has bought several mobile game development studios in the past year, hinting that the rumors may have some validity to them.

As for the future of “Killer Instinct,” Phil Spencer, corporate vice president of Microsoft Studios, responded to fan questions on Twitter by saying development will continue with Microsoft’s own internal team. Rare, creator of the franchise, is also still owned by Microsoft, though it’s currently working on “Kinect Sports Rivals” and undisclosed games.

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