GameFly goes downloadable

By-mail rental service rolling out PC, Mac client this holiday season, offers "unlimited PC play" with 1,500 games for subscribers; beta starts September 8.

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GameStop made its digital presence known when it purchased Impulse and Spawn Labs earlier this year, later rolling out their own digital storefront. Now, another video game retailer is ramping up its digital presence. GameFly today announced it will launch a new digital client this holiday season.

A peek into GameFly's new digital client.

Leading the feature set of the new GameFly digital client is the "unlimited PC play" option. A subscriber-exclusive, this feature allows paying members to download and play as many PC and Mac games as they wish. GameFly said its digital catalog will launch with 1,500 titles, and that the library will grow moving forward.

The GameFly digital client will also afford users the ability to manage their queues for game rentals, preorder upcoming games, purchase used games, and read industry news, as provided by the GameFly-owned publication Shacknews.

The closed beta for the new GameFly digital client will launch at a Los Angeles event on September 8. All who attend will earn a code for themselves and a friend. Gamers who can't make it to the event can sign up for a beta token at GameFly's website.

Discussion

91 comments
towely62
towely62

awsome idea ill be trading in my netflix for this

yeager1
yeager1

Maybe in the future, Gamefly will allow a Gamefly apps for downloading games directly to the PS3 (Blu-ray) Xbox 360 and Wii/Wii U(DVD) for their respective formats.

leeko_link
leeko_link

Smart move, this will definitely put both Steam and Onlive to shame.

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

Very smart move by Gamefly, bet EA hates this.

SocialAnXieTy
SocialAnXieTy

On topic though, I'm very excited to see how this works out. Hopefully it'll be a legitimate rental service where I can download the game and it takes a slot in my GameFly queue, until I uninstall. It sure would make it easier for PC fans with low-end rigs to check out games to make sure they'll even run on their system.. well, if nothing else, it'll keep them from downloading pirated copies, which is a plus for the industry. Don't screw this up, GameFly. Please.

SocialAnXieTy
SocialAnXieTy

@fanirama That's because you were doing it wrong. You don't load up your queue with potential games you'd like to try out.. you load it with however many games your subscription will let you have at one time. Then, you can choose what games you get very easily. It'd be easier with a system that prioritizes games, but really, you don't need more than 10 in your queue at one time. Doing that just clutters your queue with games that are probably years old and are guaranteed to be in stock, which will override any games that happen to not be available at the time they pick your game. Be smart, and there's not much of an issue.

monson21502
monson21502

i bet alot of pc devs are steamed about this news

monson21502
monson21502

hope its faster then getting games threw the mail.... last time i had gamefly i wasnt even getting 1 game a week. so picking which game u wanted was harder. unlike a 20 dollar blockbuster game pass where u can go into the store and pick any game you want to try and if it sucks real bad just return it the same day. which was awesome when i only had a ps3 and wii because both have a ton of those type of games...

GodMan7
GodMan7

I love GameFly so many games I played that I thought I wanted but got bored in about a week. Those are $60 a game that I'm saving And now they just got better ^-^

Llama345
Llama345

My guess is youre still going to have to buy individual new games.

jamesbond2198
jamesbond2198

gamefly will make millions. Off of their console games and now pc games. Now that they have pc games it could end up like netflix

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

I still purchase my anticipated games. The ones I know I'll play for a long time. I use Gamefly for checking out games I'm not sure if I want to play, for Multiplayer games that I just want to play with some friends for a while, and for games for me and my family to play. I've been really upset with the turn-around time and have recently downgraded to 1-game-at-a-time. Having the option of unlimited PC gaming will certainly be a booster and calm my nerves. I'm excited to see how this works out.

evaneself
evaneself

I speak from the viewpoint of a collector.

evaneself
evaneself

@ggregd Yes, I don't own it, but I play when I want and "the playing" is mine. If they take the right to play when you want, for which you already paid, what rights do you have? The EULA is imposed, you can not disagree, because you want to play, that makes you feel good, the game generates adrenaline in your body.

WiteLite
WiteLite

@ggregd "leading the feature set...." believes me to believe that the download and play as many games as you want is the monthly payment option, but there will also be a steam like option for purchasing only specific titles.

ggregd
ggregd

@a_nagel5000 I'm also confused. I guess download as many as you wish means as many as you wish to buy individually, so this is no different than Steam, etc. The thing that get me is the trailer video says "All Games... All Platforms Available instantly on your PC or Mac." Does that mean XBox, PS3 and Wii exclusive games will be available emulated on the PC? There's no way...

ggregd
ggregd

@evaneself Read the EULA on one of those 600 games. You don't own it, you've licensed the right to use the software. The only difference from digital dist. is they provided it to you on a disk instead of a download. With a download game, you never lose or scratch the disk and your old games don't stop working with your new OS.

JimmyJimJim
JimmyJimJim

Sounds awesome, I have been a user of gamefly for about a year now, have always said it would be a smart business move for them to move into a way of digital distribution. Can't wait to try it out

crazimax
crazimax

@fanirama hey dude..i ALWAYS get my game when i wanted..but i ONLY refer to new releases.. or "available now" games..if you're talking about "high" "medium" or ect..don't expect to get the game when there's an open slot..if you want the upcoming driver game that's coming out this month..have an open slot the day before it releases and you WILL get it the next day it comes out..i don't know if gamefly favors a certain area where u live or not..but im from garden grove, CA and i always get my game on time

Poodger
Poodger

@hellpolice It is actually easier to lose a tangible game than a digital one, because digital games are tied to a person's account, which means as long as you can remember the password and account name you made, you always have the game. Whereas a boxed copy can be lost or stolen.

terrascythe
terrascythe

@PoindeJ @Viiper from USAToday Active GameFly subscribers will be able to get free “unlimited PC play” which allows them to download and play as many games as they want. "Now GameFly subscribers will have access to a library of PC catalog titles to play as often as they want and as long as they are a member," says GameFly co-founder Sean Spector. Subscribers will be able to download unlimited computer games -- initially, only Windows PC games will be featured, Macintosh games will follow."You have access to the content as long as you are a subscriber, but when you are no longer a member, the content then disappears... We are in discussion with all the major publishers. You have the physical and now you are going to have access to the digital as well. GameFly subscribers will truly get a benefit for no extra cost."

hellpolice
hellpolice

I smell petitions and riots protesting against the total conversion into digital download games. I'm up for it because I like owning the game and having the tangible product on my collection, not some download that is easier to lose than a tangible game.

a_nagel5000
a_nagel5000

When you click the link to GameFly's website, there is a video ad for the new service. Look at the 39 second mark of the video. It has a $49.99 price to download Assassin's Creed Brotherhood. What do you all make of that?

crossdudu
crossdudu

It's nice to see that even with this Digital Distribution thing, they'll still sell USED GAMES. This is a kick in the publisher's face.

stailcookie
stailcookie

@ evaneself "When I was your age, we paid full price for a game, played it a few hours or a few months, then let it collect dust in a pile of plastic that we determined our self-worth from. Paying for as long as you want to play it... you kids don't know how awful you have it."

Viiper
Viiper

Lol I think we did indeed wake up a troll. Hes defending hard, hard as hell. haha XD

evaneself
evaneself

@FunRat No, just an old hobbit, too old for this sh....

PoindeJ
PoindeJ

Wait, is this included in GameFly membership? If so, this might actually push me over the edge to finally try it out.

evaneself
evaneself

OK, all of you are absolutely right, but you'll see in time how you will end up by paying only subscription, like Wow, they will restrict the rights all the time, I would not be surprised to put a time auto-deletion. It will be a delight of the rich only.

FunRat
FunRat

Sounds like we woke up a troll...

evaneself
evaneself

@ EzechielPregzt I live in a poor country, I know the value of money and still I have 600 original PC games, but no more. I will not buy anything but what is palpable and belongs to me. There are millions of gamers old withdrew from the great derision. The new generation of games turned games to illegal protections. The right to play should not be restricted because this is paid, wake up.

stailcookie
stailcookie

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evaneself
evaneself

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evaneself
evaneself

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stailcookie
stailcookie

EA will refuse to put their games on the service.... PC rentals would be amazing as long as it is a full DL and install, streaming is fail.

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

Pretty bold & interesting move on GF's part. This definitely could bring in some much need love to PC gamers who never get to have anything remotely close to a game rental service. Plus, I think it could be the industry's way of helping to curtail PC gaming piracy. Sounds to me like an all-around win-win for all parties involved. Hell, I know if I had a good enough computer I'd surely give it a go (maybe I will whenever I do update & it gets off the ground).

fanirama
fanirama

Hope this service is better than Gamefly's DVD service. I never got the new games in my queue. Never. Ever. Always, some game #11 in my queue that no one wanted to play. Always said long wait, short wait, unavailable etc. Ridiculous.

fanirama
fanirama

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terrascythe
terrascythe

Gamefly is about to take over. They're making a killing in profits already, G-boxes (gamefly equivalent of red-box) are starting to show up in larger cities, and this new GF Digital will only boost membership. Gamefly filed for IPO last year and as far as I know they still haven't gone public. If and when they go public, I highly recommend investing.

ziproy
ziproy

This is nothing more than developer sanctioned torrenting

hunter8man
hunter8man

While I have had very few problems with Gamefly, this would solve one of their biggest issues: availability. If you want a new release, there's a very slim chance you'll get it even if it is on the top of your queue. I'm glad to see them finally pushing this out.

Metallicantera
Metallicantera

Lol cool idea but i highly doubt they will have brand new games the second they come out on insta download wont happen. same reason netflix doesnt it will kill the actual sales of the game and would cost way to much to obtain the license so dont get to excited nice extra feature though i already use gamefly for my 360/ps3.

dkdk999
dkdk999

So like onlive but you can actually download the game ? Sweetness.

moviequest14
moviequest14

I have to ask though...why is gamefly waiting this long to even do this? I must say it is quite sad that Netflix..a program for movies,not games might I add,has gone digital on gaming systems before gamefly has....they could go digital on gaming consoles (how awesome would it be to rent a game on wii,360,or ps3 and immediately play it?) but instead go on pc? They really must not be owned by people that have even played a game before...

DemonChorro
DemonChorro

I also have no doubt that Steam is working on a similar service such as renting the games for a limited time and maybe on some games getting a discount on buying the game.

DemonChorro
DemonChorro

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DemonChorro
DemonChorro

Some times it is just better to own the game, especially when you get it for 5-20$ heheheh Love steam.

Evz0rz
Evz0rz

Consider me extremely interested