For a limited time, BlueStacks is offering its GamePop console and controller for free, though there are some caveats. The first is that you have to pre-order by the end of June (the promotion was originally scheduled to end in May, but due to the "high demand of pre-orders," the company decided to extend the offer). When it ships, you'll be billed $6.99 for the first month of service plus $9.95 for shipping in the U.S. ($19.90 for international shipping).
The other caveat is that you have to remain a subscriber for 12 months. If you cancel your subscription before then, you either have to send the console and controller back to BlueStacks "in working order within 30 days of cancelling" and pay a $25 restocking fee, or keep the hardware and pay a $100 early termination charge.
After June, BlueStacks will sell the console and controller for $129 outright. You'll still have to subscribe at $6.99/month to play games, but you'll be able to cancel at any time with any fees.
BlueStacks hasn't yet revealed the hardware inside its GamePop console, though it did promise that games will run just as fast or faster than they do on the top mobile phones. The company also claims the controller is "like none seen before," though isn't saying exactly how or why.
What do you think, will Android consoles find a place in our living rooms, or will they get trampled by the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Wii U?
The ouya and now this gamepop will not be taking any market share away from the big boy consoles, but these devices are perfect for someone like my mom who already plays games on her iPad but would be easier on her eyes if she could play on a TV, or for children under the age of 8 who would find it easier to play these mobile games versus expensive and difficult console games. Add th same functionality as a google tv, Apple TV, smart TV etc with Netflix, YouTube etc and I can totally see people buying these since they have the same functionality but can also play games.
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