Mobile company BlueStacks is poised to become the latest entrant in the "microconsole" market, opposite the Ouya and GameStick
. BlueStacks' device, called the GamePop, operates under a subscription service with a low monthly fee, giving players access to its entire mobile game library from their TV screens.
The subscription services will run at $6.99 a month and pre-orders include the console itself for free. BlueStacks has already arranged for content deals with developers Glu Mobile (Diner Dash
), Halfbrick (Jetpack Joyride
) and OutFit 7 (Talking Friends
), among others.
"BlueStacks has credibility in the microconsole space that others just don't have," says Halfbrick CEO Shainiel Deo. "GamePop is a great incremental channel for us."
The rising interest in console alternatives like Ouya, GameStick and now the GamePop represents a potential new market space for developers.
While the console is not slated for release until winter 2013, GamePop's official website
is live and taking preorders.