The BlueStacks Gamepop Mini Is The First Free Subscription-Based Console
BlueStacks has announced the Gamepop Mini. The difference between the Gamepop Mini and the regular Gamepop is mostly around pricing. The Gamepop is $129 and the Mini does not have any upfront costs. However, you will have to pay $7 per month for 12 months to own the Mini for $84 total.
The $84 price tag is less than the OUYA, but costs more than the GameStick. “If you keep it more than 12 months, you keep it forever,” stated BlueStacks’ Head of Marketing and Business Development John Gargiulo. If you return the Mini within 12 months, there will be a $25 restocking fee.
The Gamepop Mini has access to 500 popular mobile game partners. This includes access to games like Fieldrunners, Candy Crush, and Jetpack Joyride.
BlueStacks’ Looking Glass technology will make it possible for iOS apps to run on their Android 4.2 based console. Looking Glass interprets the calls made to Apple hardware and translates them to the Gamepop’s Mini hardware.
“We have always planned on having a free console option,” added BlueStacks CEO, Rosen Sharma. “The biggest value of the Gamepop service is its content – not the box. Hardware costs have come down so fast that we’re able to undercut the rest of the market. With the free promotion we’ve been doing in June we’re already seeing a ton of adoption. That volume then attracts more developers and therefore more and better content. It’s building momentum.”