Many companies are trying to become the “Netflix for games,” but none have stood out above the rest yet. Today Bluestacks announced their Android-powered Gamepop console that offers access to 500 games for a monthly subscription of $6.99. For new customers that enroll by the end of May, Bluestacks will throw in a free Gamepop console and controller if you sign up for a 12-month subscription.
We are pretty against subsidized hardware, contracts, and early termination fees, but Gamepop appears to be off to a nice start with their launch game library. They have already signed deals with notable mobile developers Glu, Halfbrick, Jawfish Games, and Gameloft, and we expect more will be coming soon.
I’m tempted to try out Gamepop out of curiosity, but I’m currently waiting for my OUYA to arrive any day now. I would much prefer to buy my console and own my games, but I can see how the subscription based model would be appealing for others. But if anyone succeeds at becoming the “Netflix for games”, it’s going to be Netflix itself.
Check out the preview videos below and let us know what you think. Will any of you be signing up for a Gamepop subscription?