BlueStacks, the company behind the GamePop Cube, has introduced a subscription-based gaming console. The best part? It’s free…kind of.
The GamePop Mini is a small black gaming console that offers the GamePop mobile gaming service via a $6.99 per month subscription. With the purchase of a 12-month subscription, the GamePop Mini is free. If a user should cancel their subscription sometime before the 12 months are up, they must return the console and pay a $25 restocking fee. However, once the 12-month subscription is up, the Mini is free to keep, even without renewing the subscription, although it’s essentially useless without one.
BlueStacks has been working with over 500 developers to bring a mountain of games to its service. The company claims users will have access to over $200 worth of paid mobile games with the subscription. The console runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and is geared towards kids. The company has announced deals with the developers behind Fruit Ninja, Jetpack Joyride and Blood Brothers. Additionally, it has announced a partnership with Intellijoy, the number one kids’ app developer.
It’s not just Android mobile games users will have access to though. Earlier this month, BlueStacks unveiled its Looking Glass technology, which allows iOS-only developers to launch games on GamePop. The Looking Glass technology is available in the GamePop Mini streaming service and the company has announced the popular iOS Fieldrunners series will be available to play on the TV via the GamePop Mini.
The GamePop Mini will be available for pre-order July 1 and is expected to ship this winter.