Android-based gaming service Green Throttle has now officially launched and is capable of turning your Amazon Kindle Fire HD tablet into a games console.
One of many Android gaming platforms to launch this year, Green Throttle, unlike Ouya or GameStick, doesn’t have any dedicated console hardware. Instead, it works by combining a games portal in an app format, Green Throttle Atlas controller and an Amazon Kindle Fire HD.
Players must download the free Green Throttle Arena app from the Amazon Appstore, which gives players access to the Green Throttle games catalogue. The app will recommend compatible titles, but also check back through previously purchased games on the Amazon Kindle Fire HD to find any that will work with the system.
All Green Throttle users then have to do is plug their Kindle Fire into the TV using an HDMI cable to play Android games on the biggest screen in the house. The Green Throttle Atlas controllers, look very similar to an Xbox 360 gamepad and use Bluetooth to connect wirelessly to the tablet.
Up to four controllers can be connected at once, enabling users to play multiplayer games on a single screen.
“I really do think, even more so than phones, that the tablet is going to be the entertainment platform of choice going forward,” says Green Throttle CEO Charles Huang, who also co-created the Activision Guitar Hero franchise. “The console’s monopoly on gaming is going to end.”
“The biggest segment of revenue in the game industry comes from gaming on TVs, but the most common devices that play games are actually phones and tablets.”
The Green Throttle Arena app is available now on the Amazon Appstore, and the Green Throttle Atlas controllers can be purchased from Amazon, albeit only currently from the US store. The controllers can be shipped internationally and one will set you back $39.95 (£26.35). Green Throttle also offers a “2 Player Bundle” that ships with two Atlas controllers, a micro USB charger and a micro HDMI to HDMI cable for $89.99 (£59.36).
Green Throttle has confirmed that the Android-based gaming service will soon be supported on other Android tablets and smartphones, starting with the Samsung Galaxy S3. The Google Nexus 4 and upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4 could also get a look in too.
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