Amazon buys game developer Double Helix Games

Amazon(s amzn) has acquired video game developer Double Helix Games, the company confirmed on Wednesday. Terms of the deal are unknown, but the acquisition includes both the development studio as well as all of the intellectual properties owned. “Amazon has acquired Double Helix as part of our ongoing commitment to build innovative games for customers,” the company said in a statement to TechCrunch, which first reported the news. Double Helix is the studio behind Xbox One(s msft) launch title Killer Instinct, as well as the upcoming Strider reboot, set to launch this month on PS3(s sne). A recent report suggested that Amazon is planning to launch a game console, so this news only adds fuel to the speculation.

Valve shows off 14 Steam Machine partners at CES 2014

What a difference a year can make: at CES 2013, so-called “Steam Boxes” were gossiped about but not really seen. Now, at CES 2014, with Steam Machines fully announced, Valve has 14 third-party hardware partners on display, including Alienware and Falcon Northwest, according to The Verge. It seems like the only one missing is the prototype machine distributed late last year, a proof-of-concept that won’t make it to store shelves. The price tags on the consoles range from $499 to $6,000, and show off Valve’s vision of a diverse hardware system to support Steam.

Microsoft also sold more than 1 million XBox One units in 24 hours

Like Sony(s adr) before it, it seems that Microsoft(s msft) is benefitting from next-gen hype: the company said that more than a million Xbox One consoles were sold in less than 24 hours after launch last Friday — a feat that apparently shatters the initial sales record of the Xbox 360. However, its important to note that the Xbox One had a worldwide release while the similar sales numbers of the PlayStation4 were limited to the U.S. and Canada. But the strong reception both consoles have already received is a sign that next-gen fever will hit holiday shoppers hard.

Sony to release PlayStation 4/PS Vita bundle in the U.K.

The PlayStation 4 has only been in out in the U.S. and Canada for less than a week (and done gangbusters in that short time), but Sony (s SNE)  is already sweetening the deal for U.K. customers with a bundle pack offering both the next-gen console and a PS Vita, according to IGN. While the advertisement IGN points to does not have any price listed, there’s no doubt that it’ll be of significant value, especially when considering the Vita’s remote play capabilities with the PS4. There’s no word on whether a bundle like this will be available Stateside for the holidays, but it could be a game-changer for Sony.

Microsoft spent more than $100 million on the Xbox One controller

Some argue that the Xbox 360(s msft) controller was the greatest one ever made. Perhaps concerned that it was resting on its laurels, Microsoft poured $100 million into developing a new controller for the Xbox One, according to a VentureBeat four-part exclusive. The company researched tons of wacky features: a built-in projector, speakers and even the ability to emit smells. But the end result actually has just a few tiny tweaks from what made the 360 so successful — though those tweaks apparently cost millions in their own right. I guess it’s a small price to pay in the quest for perfection.

Sony sold more than 1 million PlayStation 4 units in 24 hours

The PlayStation 4 has arrived: Within just 24 hours of its release in the U.S. and Canada only, the console already sold more than 1 million units, according to Sony. To put that in perspective, Nintendo’s latest console, the Wii U, has only sold 3.91 million units in its year-long lifetime. It’s unclear whether the sales count the company’s exclusive Day One preorders (which sold out over the summer), but Sony considers it a major win and, according to the AP, has set its sights on 5 million units sold by the end of March. Your move, Microsoft.