Redbox Gets Game Rentals

Filed in Gather Technology News Channel by on June 20, 2011 0 Comments

If you’re looking for a quick way to check out a new game on your XBox 360 or Sony Playstation, your local Redbox has you covered. The self-serve video game rental booths will now start stocking video games nationwide.

Redbox has leveraged the rental spaces it uses for renting movies into rolling out its video game rental service. The video games are now available in over 21K kiosks nationwide. The major players in the game rental business now break down cost-wise as follows:

  • Redbox is charging $2 per day for its game rentals.
  • Blockbuster is charging $9 for a 5-day rental.
  • Gamefly sends games by mail and charges $16 for one disc or $23 for two discs out at a time.

Looking at the prices, Blockbuster’s pricing doesn’t look so great. Nine dollars is a large chunk of money that could have been used towards the purchase price of the game itself. At $2 a pop, the Redbox offering will be great for those gamers looking to check out the latest games like Shadows of the Damned, Dungeon Siege 3, FEAR 3, and Duke Nukem Forever before buying. Those wishing to spend more time with a game will likely opt for a Gamefly subscription where gamers can keep a game for a while if it turns out to be really good.

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