BlueStacks made waves back in 2011 when it promised to bring Android apps to your Windows PC. Not satisfied with that box, the company wants to bring Android to your TV as well, and it’s competing with up and comers OUYA to make it happen. The company showed the device off a few months ago, and likewise unveiled a subscription service that promised an all-you-can-eat gaming buffet for just $7 a month.
To get consumers interested in GamePop, BlueStacks is offering the console free of charge, as long as you subscribe to the $7 service for at least one full year. That program was originally scheduled to end in May, but has been extended through the month of June.
Until now, however, they hadn’t released how much the console would cost to buy outright. After the free offer ends in June, you’ll be able to snatch one up for $129 – $30 more than the Tegra 3-powered OUYA console. Once the free offer ends, it will be interesting to see how the BlueStacks box fares in the market against OUYA; while OUYA doesn’t have the $7 Android app buffet service, you would really have to buy a lot of Android games to surpass the $84 a year subscription fee.
To make GamePop more competitive, BlueStacks has set up agreements with gaming houses to make GamePop-exclusive titles available on their service.