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GamePop Android Gaming Console Gets A New Design

Last year BlueStacks announced that it was coming up with an Android gaming console called GamePop. Initially there were going to be two versions of the device, the GamePop which has a blocky triangular shape and the GamePop Mini which looks like a regular USB flash drive. Now we are learning that the device has undergone a design change and the final version is going to be a single device that resembles the GamePop Mini. The company said that this new device is expected to ship out soon.

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BlueStacks is also changing its business model for the deivce. Instead of selling it directly to consumers the company will instead sell it to cable companies who will then have the option to bundle gaming into their existing services. Those who have previously ordered the device will still be getting it and will be able to use it even without a cable subscription.

The new GamePop is a small HDMI dongle that plugs directly into the TV. It is made of glossy plastic and has a nice compact shape that allows it to remain out of sight.

The controller is shaped like a wand although its button configuration will remind you of the Super Nintendo controller complete with a D pad and X, Y, B, A buttons. According to the company it is “the finest game controller ever designed for enjoying the most popular games and apps on TV.” It can also be used as a gesture controller for controlling touch based input.

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Instead of consumers buying single games for the GamePop the system charges $6.99 a month which will provide access to the 500 available games. It’s more like a Netflix style system that’s applied to Android gaming. The advantage to this is that you can get started right away without downloading the software. All you have to do is navigate the menu system and choose your game. The downside to this is that the games are not properly categorized so it may take a long time for you to search your favorite title.  Then there’s also the “No connection” error displayed on the screen whenever a game has been removed from the google Play store yet is still available at the GamePop library.

In terms of performance the new GamePop delivers Android gaming to the TV rather quite well. It won’t however be able to compete against the major console devices in the market today such as the PS4 and the Xbox One.

Right now the company aims to push this as a gray label product, something that cable companies can entice its subscribers by bundling a gaming service.

via techcrunch 

Bluestacks’ GamePop to sell for $129

GamePop, an upcoming console for Android gaming, will have a retail price of $129 when it hits the market.

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Bluestacks, the company which developed an App Player software that brings Android to Windows and Mac computers, is behind the GamePop console.

GamePop is said to be Bluestacks’ answer to the Ouya, an Android-based gaming console which obtained crowdfunding success on Kickstarter.

GamePop, however, is different from Ouya in terms of the payment model it is using. It offers users a one-year subscription that costs $6.99 a month, or a total of $83.88 for an entire year.

Bluestacks clarifies that this does payment model not bind users to a contract per se, but there are consequences in case users decide to stop the subscription. For one, they have to send back the GamePop to Bluestacks, and pay a restocking fee of $25 within 30 days. An early termination fee of $100 is also payable by the user if the GamePop is not returned.

Anyway, during the subscription period, users may choose from more than 500 games to play from its catalog.

Such games are offerings from several top mobile game developers which have teamed up with Bluestacks in its newest endeavor. Among its partners are Halfbrick, Intellijoy, OutFit7, Glu Mobile, and Deemedya, adding credence to the phrase Bluestacks is using to refer to the GamePop, which is “Netflix for games.” Some examples of such games which will be available on the GamePop are Jetpack Joyride, Talking Tom 2, and Kids Shape Puzzle. According to Bluestacks, the games have a total value of more than $200.

Meanwhile, Bluestacks has not revealed what kind of hardware it is using on the GamePop. The company, however, assures that the games will match, or even top, the speed of high-quality smartphones. It is likewise working on a controller that is purportedly unlike those available in the market today.

GamePop is scheduled to be released in the winter, according to its official website.

via androidspin, bluestacks