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NewsPoster Jun 28, 2013 02:10 PM
BlueStacks offers GamePop Mini as free hardware option to subscribers
BlueStacks has announced that it will be releasing a second version of its <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/288696==http://www.gamepop.tv/" rel='nofollow'>GamePop</a> Android-powered game console, shortly after it ships the original device. The GamePop Mini will have significantly smaller profile than the cube-shaped GamePop, and will be offered to customers at no charge alongside a subscription to its game service. <br />
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The larger original console, currently on pre-order and available for free until the end of June, will have a regular price of $129 in the future. Aside from cost and physical size, it is not clear if there will be a difference in terms of specification between the GamePop and the GamePop Mini, though it is likely that the full-sized version will have added options for connectivity and storage. Both are confirmed to connect to a TV over HDMI, and run Android Jelly Bean 4.2. <br />
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Both versions will be usable on a $7 monthly subscription, with the GamePop Mini being free after a 12-month subscription. Customers will have access to various Android games, said to be worth around $250, in a model that mirrors that of streaming video services such as Netflix, and also claims that some <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/288697==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/06/07/tech.reportedly.avoids.using.apple.code/" rel='nofollow'>iOS apps</a> will be making their way across to the console thanks to the company's "LookingGlass" virtualization scheme. <br />
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The GamePop and GamePop Mini face stiff competition from a number of other consoles looking to dominate the living room. <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/288698==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/06/10/tegra.4.confirmed.nvidia.shield.streaming.technolo gy.on.board/" rel='nofollow'>Project M.O.J.O</a> from Mad Catz, the <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/288699==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/05/09/nvidia.occam.partners.shasta.ventures.provide.ouya .funding/" rel='nofollow'>Ouya</a>, and a rumored <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/288700==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/06/27/sources.claim.all.three.devices.early.in.the.desig n.phase.fall.release/" rel='nofollow'>Google</a> game console all offer Android gaming in varying degrees, while the expected GamePop launch in the winter will occur at the same time as <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/288701==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/06/10/new.console.to.see.30.titles.in.the.first.year/" rel='nofollow'>Sony</a> and <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/288702==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/06/10/xbox.live.gold.subscribers.to.get.free.games.until .end.of.2013/" rel='nofollow'>Microsoft</a> put their new consoles on sale.
 
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