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Amazon Echo Buttons Won’t Ship Until Dec. 28

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Amazon Echo Buttons Won’t Ship Until Dec. 28

The game-playing buttons cost $20 for a pack of two, but you won't be getting them in time for Christmas Day party games.

I think we have reached a point now where you have to stop and think which Echo device does what. We have the Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Look, Echo Show, Echo Spot, Echo Plus, and the Amazon Tap. Then there's the Echo Button, which was meant to start shipping yesterday, but is now listed as in stock on Dec. 28.

The Echo Button is one of the easiest Echo devices to understand because it only does one thing: it's a button you push. You'd be forgiven for thinking it's an April Fool from watching the promo video below, but it really is just a button Amazon thinks we'll all buy and enjoy.

Costing $19.99 for a pack of two, the Button requires two AAA batteries to function (which Amazon includes) and must be paired with an Echo device via Bluetooth. Once paired, Alexa can inform you which games are available to play, all of which (you guessed it!) simply require you to push the Button at the appropriate time.

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As TechCrunch points out, Hasbro is offering the best game right now for the Echo Button in the form of Trivial Pursuit Tap. The Echo Buttons act as buzzers for the game, with questions taken from six available categories for up to four players.

The Echo Button officially started shipping yesterday, but what stock Amazon did have is clearly gone because the listing now states they will be back in stock on Dec. 28. So while Christmas Day Button-bashing games are out, end of year entertainment certainly isn't if you order now.

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