BlueStacks on Friday announced a second Android-powered gaming system known as the GamePop mini, despite the fact that it hasn’t even launched its first console yet. The mini version will be available for free with a required 12-month subscription fee, which gives it “access to over $200 in paid games.” BlueStacks didn’t discuss any specs for the GamePop mini, confirming only that the system is powered by Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The $6.99 monthly fee is required for the console to be used and canceling a subscription before the 12-month period is complete will result in a $25 restocking fee. BlueStacks previously announced a larger Android-powered console that can be had for $129. The GamePop mini will be available for preorder beginning July 1st, and the company’s press release follows below. More →
BlueStacks, the Silicon Valley-based startup known for its Android app player for Mac and PC, recently announced a new gaming console that will launch later this year. GamePop is similar to the Ouya console and is designed to play Android games, however instead of paying for individual titles, BlueStacks charges a monthly subscription fee of $6.99 for access to a library of more than 500 titles. The company on Friday made the console even more appealing by announcing that it will support games designed for Apple’s iPhone and iPad in addition to Android games. BlueStacks will utilize a virtualization tool known as Looking Glass to enable iOS games to be played on TV screens. The GamePop console can be preordered now for $129 and is scheduled to be released later this year.
BlueStacks brings mobile gaming to the big screen with GamePop console; free with $6.99 subscription
BlueStacks is known best for its App Player software, which allows users to run Android apps and games on Windows and Mac PCs. The company on Wednesday announced that it is branching out, however, and it will soon launch a home video game console that brings the mobile gaming experience to the big screen. Available for preorder beginning immediately, BlueStacks’ GamePop is the first console ever to be offered for free when users sign up for the company’s subscription game service. The console ships with one controller, and only those who preorder the GamePop during the month of May will be able to take advantage of the free offer. More →