GamePop’s Google Android-powered TV gaming console is now available in a smaller form, and it is free to the network’s gaming subscribers.
The company on Friday announced that the smaller console is available for $6.99 per month and provides access to more than 500 mobile games.
GamePop hooks up to a gamers TV and allows users to play the company’s subscription-based games.
The original GamePop console, which debuted in May, will be free until Sunday for users who sign up for a subscription service. The Android-console normally costs $129, but gamers can keep the console if they sign up for a 12-month contract at $6.99.
The new console known as the GamePop Mini is not only smaller; it is also a more powerful console option. According to a BlueStacks spokesperson, the new GamePop Mini is the size of a pack of gum.
BlueStacks CEO Rosen Sharma says of the new offering:
“The biggest value of the GamePop service is its content –- not the box. Hardware costs have come down so fast that we’re able to undercut the rest of the market.”
By offering the console for free, the company is hoping to draw in more developers which in turn will make the platform more attractive to subscribers.
Some top mobile developers have already made the jump to the GamePop platform including Halfbrick, the team behind Fruit Ninja and Blood Brothers. Other developers are also featured including kids’ app developer IntelliJoy.
Not only can the console run games created for Android’s Jelly Bean OS, it is also capable of using the company’s “Looking Glass” technology to support iOS-exclusive games.
With a smaller console size and a big push to attract more developers it looks as if GamePop may be on its way to securing its place in the growing Android gaming console market.
Will you be picking up the GamePop Mini?