Redbox to launch game rentals nationwide June 17

Movie rental service to offer "top video games" for $2 a day at more than 21,000 locations beginning in June; Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii games included.

Currently, Blockbuster and GameFly are the leading game rental services, but a challenger is stepping into the ring.

Redbox is expanding its game rental service this June.

Redbox has announced that on June 17 it will offer "top video games" at more than 21,000 nationwide kiosks. The titles will be available to rent at a rate of $2 a day and will include Wii, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 titles. Unfortunately, the announcement noted only that kiosks will include games ranging from "top releases to popular family and kids' titles" and did not mention specific games.

When Redbox launches its game rental service, it will come after nearly two years of testing. The rental service has been testing game rentals in select markets since August 2009, with the test market growing to 5,000 units in its lifetime.

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49 comments
jasonzilla11
jasonzilla11

I'm going to stick with Gamefly. I just simply love their system, and I really don't think I need another.

garyperson
garyperson

I personaly can't wait. I can beat most single player game modes in 3 days or less so 6 bucks is great. Gamefly,Blockbuster never have new releases any way good deal.

aarow82
aarow82

@towely62 Unfortunately I'm in Australia and there is no Gamefly here. And I usually go thru 4 games/month so it works out to be only be about $5/game.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

I could see an impulse rent for certain action games if there was a Redbox close by. Course, I'm the type to just wait for said game to hit $14 and "collect" it as shelfware.

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

Better off saving the cash for the game then waste two dollars a day in my opinion. But then again people would want to test out the game before buying it would be the positive karma from this. Still pretty expensive compared to some places.

ParisSun
ParisSun

randallion119 it is great. You get to test out a game, say Crysis, for a night or two and it's still cheaper than what Blockbuster was charging you. That's just $4.00. If you have the time you can learn all you need to about a game in one night for $2.00. Two dollars to test out a full game before dropping $60.00 is worth it to me.

randallion119
randallion119

This is a bad idea, IMO. A movie for a night is obvious, it takes 2 hours to watch. A game, however, needs more than just a night. So, say you want to rent it to play for multiplayer for a night, that's $2. ....This just doesn't work for games. Movies, yes. Games? Gamefly.

randallion119
randallion119

Think about it people, you won't be able to rent M-rated games. There's no validity to your age requirement.

LeviHarris
LeviHarris

I live in one of the test markets and if they plan on actually being an entity, they're going to have to make sure to have more than just Lego Star Wars available. (which is always there when I check along with...nothing else.)

Nymphonomicon
Nymphonomicon

I use Blockbuster Online. It's expensive, but I get movies and games. It'd be a lot more useful if most of the Blockbuster stores in my area didn't shutdown...

towely62
towely62

@aarow82 20 bucks a month? theres gamefly which is only 8 bucks a month i believe and yes 2 dollars a day is really expensive. u could just save ur money for one month and buy the game instead o renting it for that month

HappyBB
HappyBB

$2 a day is quite expensive, though.

aarow82
aarow82

I use Game Guys to get my games, it's only $20/month, they send them to your house and u get to keep them as long u want. U just send it back when your done and they send whatever's next on your list if its available, and there's only been a couple of times in the last 18 months where I haven't got something in my top 3 choices.

awarriorg
awarriorg

Hastings has rentals $7 for 7 days. Redbox: $2 per day - too much. Wish they could be more reasonable. Only plus is testing a game b4 purchase.

Crazy_Legs87
Crazy_Legs87

Eh, I doubt the games you want to rent will be available. Believe it or not, but I'm going to continue to be one of the five people to still use blockbuster.

ExtremePhobia
ExtremePhobia

Not a terrible idea but I don't see myself using it. The appeal of the "dollar a day" thing is that you can easily rent a movie for $1 total. Pick it up on the way home from work, drop it off the next day. I can get through games pretty quickly but I like to play the entire game so one rental would probably run me up close to a one month subscription to Gamefly. On the other hand, maybe I'd actually get what I wanted...

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

2 dollars to rent Xbox 360 PS3 and Wii new releases. Great way to see if a game is worth it. before buying the game for $60.00 for a new release.

TheTrainer1980
TheTrainer1980

@darkcomedian It probably means they won't have Call of Duty games and other Mature games. Who knows. They will probably have more Lego games and such.

TheTrainer1980
TheTrainer1980

I guess it's worth the $2.00 if you were on the fence about buying a game.

JaxxRaxor
JaxxRaxor

Considering that Blockbuster is all but dead, I welcome this Redbox game expansion. Can't wait till the one in the Giant near my home gets some games.

Animatronic64
Animatronic64

@Chaceace100 That's because their video game rental service, prior to this announcement, was nothing more than a test run.

Chaceace100
Chaceace100

They never have any good games to play, EVER. They'll have some crappy wii games and the occasional fighting/racing game. But in the redbox near my house they rarely get any good ones.

Bortson
Bortson

I think it smart of them to include the newest games for people who want a quick test drive of the game, or if you want to play with a friend who owns the game for some multiplayer action or something. Also smart to include family/party games. Instead of a family wondering what movie to rent on a friday night its what wii/kinect game maybe?

darkcomedian
darkcomedian

It's good if you want your game for a day or two. I like to have my games as a more long term form of entertainment than that. I also worry about what - "top releases to popular family and kids' titles." means. Something sounds....off about that quote.

otanikun
otanikun

Talk about long overdue, it's about time

tigger101cool
tigger101cool

It would be good if you just wanted to have a party game for a night but horrible if you got a scratched disc. It would be also bad if you got a super long game like Marvel Ultimate Alliance because it would be $60 bucks a month. GameFly and Blockbuster are way better in this situation.

schmulzy
schmulzy

this could be good. as long as they have games on release day

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Nice. With Blockbuster gone, there is no way for me to rent the.. um.. marginal titles to know if I want to buy them or not. I'd gladly pay $2 for a quick check on a game like Duke Nukem instead of shelling out 60 bucks (just because i dig Gearbox doesn't mean the game they inherited is going to be brilliant).

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

This will be good for some, they will rent for a a day or two and play for many hours till the game is beat. Although Block buster did offer this, Still, with more options for people not to buy games I can see the industry focusing on shooters as they sell well, charge for online if bought used, and are kept longer than other games.

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Ravenlore_basic

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Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

WOW. so many people will be sleep deprived as they will play 24hours to beat a game, or 12 hours for 2 days to beat a game. Sales will fall and more Online shooter games will be the norm as they are selling well and people play them longer. =(

AgentRebecca
AgentRebecca

good since all video stores in my city shut down, i need a game rental place, good to try a game you dont know about

dark_rising76
dark_rising76

That's a maybe for me. Since Blockbusters closed in my area, all we have is a Family Videos and they have a hard time keeping games on the shelves. But on the good side it's $5.99 to rent for 5 days versus $10 for 5 days through Redbox.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

I'd give it a try if I could get certain games the day they came out. I have 5 Redbox kiosks in a 2 block radius. Most of the customers around there take good care of the discs. Except for the one by the Exxon......

xViiRGIL
xViiRGIL

Redbox is good for movies, if you dont feel like going to blockbuster lol. But one of the machines where i live(outside a seven eleven lol) already rents games, and i rented the last ufc game from it, and it was so scratched that my xbox wouldnt recognize it as a disc lol. And if that was blockbuster then they would of given me another disc, not redbox. So moral of this story, dont rent games from redbox, just movies.

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

LOL 2$ a day for games ... these aren't movies ..... you need more than a day to beat them ... heck many games need more than a few days unless your unemployed and destitute ...

jasonlc3221
jasonlc3221

I just don't understand how Redbox is successful. Sure, 5 customers in one day for each machine is probably a small profit for the company just because their over-head costs are so low, but still.............WhoTF actually uses them? I have one friend the I know that has used them, and he only goes on some silly "1 dolla days" Whatever, I don't rent, and even if I did, the lowest I would stoop is Blockbuster stores. Best choice is GameFly (or so I hear)

maaly81
maaly81

never been a fan of renting games. Those I know who rent would definitely not go for this.....

deathwish026
deathwish026

lol thats 60 dollars for 1 game for a month. lolkthnksbye

yuunnnnna
yuunnnnna

Can't wait to get that heavily scratched disk so the machine can eat 2 dollars of my money. Eh I'll pass.

berto64
berto64

i pass,i rented movies from Redbox once too expensive

mrsniper83
mrsniper83

That is way too expensive for renting games.Here I rent games for 7 nights for around 5 bucks.

megakick
megakick

yeah what do u if u find a scratched disk? there is no person and no instant refund, u dial a number and get your money back in about 2 - 4 weeks maybe?

Irsaan
Irsaan

Way too expensive. Around here I can pay $7 for 5 days. Oh well, I've never used Redbox anyway, and I still never will.

blade979
blade979

$2 a day?!?....Ill keep my Gamefly.

tommy_boy9999
tommy_boy9999

great more Horribly scratched games finding their way into the market.