updated 01:09 pm EDT, Fri June 28, 2013
GamePop Mini occupies less space, costs less than standard GamePop
BlueStacks has announced that it will be releasing a second version of its GamePop 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.
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.
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 iOS apps will be making their way across to the console thanks to the company's "LookingGlass" virtualization scheme.
The GamePop and GamePop Mini face stiff competition from a number of other consoles looking to dominate the living room. Project M.O.J.O from Mad Catz, the Ouya, and a rumored Google game console all offer Android gaming in varying degrees, while the expected GamePop launch in the winter will occur at the same time as Sony and Microsoft put their new consoles on sale.