We still don't know for sure whether Amazon is going to release a gaming console slash set top box, but today we did get our first glimpse of what may be the Bluetooth controller which Amazon plans to release alongside their console.
Dave Zatz of ZatzNotFunny reported this morning that he found an Amazon branded gaming controller on the website of "an overseas regulatory agency, similar to our very own FCC". He doesn't say exactly where he found it (The Verge says that this came from Brazil), but he did post a few photos and share a few details.
Update: Engadget posted a link to the original PDF.
This controller has the usual excess of triggers, joysticks, and buttons. It is powered by a couple AA batteries, and if you zoom in on the photos you'll see familiar Android home, menu, and back buttons on the face. There's also a button for Amazon GameCircle (or at least it looks similar to that service's logo).
I followed up on this with Dave, and he says that he has found the controllers on a couple different regulatory websites, which means that Amazon could be planning a global launch for this controller and its related gaming console.
Amazon has long been rumored to be interested in releasing some type of game console or streaming video box, with rumors circulating for well over a year (it even has a name: FireTube), but this is really only the third solid piece of evidence to show that the rumors aren't just gossip.
And now that we have controllers to look at, I would say that it is a pretty safe bet that Amazon will launch a gaming console this Spring. It will probably run Android, be tied into Amazon's content stores, and it will likely ship with both Hulu and Netflix apps.
But there's still no solid info on price or the exact launch date, so stay tuned.