Amazon’s new $US200 Kindle, the Kindle Fire, isn’t just a book reader that happens to run Scrabble and Sudoku. It runs lots of Android-compatible games: the usual suspects like Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja, but also… the $7, high-end sci-fi horror game Dead Space.
There was an Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 Dead Space. The Fire doesn’t run that. It runs the Dead Space that came out for the iPad last January. That one looks like a high-end game for the original Xbox and is fully controlled via a touchscreen. The Fire runs that without a sweat.
Watch the video for proof.
Portable gaming isn’t just the Nintendo 3DS or the Sony PSP. In the past year or so, we’ve all gotten used to new iPads, iPhones and Droid devices cropping up as increasingly viable competition to Nintendo and Sony’s handheld gaming machines. Now we’ve got the Fire.
The Fire could be viewed as just another Android device, but it’s not. It’s an impressive Droid device (read our sister site Gizmodo‘s review) marketed by Amazon. The massive internet retailer sells a lot of Kindles. They make sure Kindles are a big deal. The Fire was and is. And, now, it just might be an important video game platform, too.