Beginning with movies, the appeal of renting movies met itself with an immense amount of success given the accomplishments achieved by rental companies such as Blockbuster and Netflix. Following up on this model, the video game market was brought in with services like GameFly, and this week gamers will have another attractive method of renting movies.
Redbox, most commonly found outside of grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations, is an automated DVD rental system that gained popularity with its attractive pricing and convenient access. Announced a few months ago, Redbox will finally launch their pay-per-day video game rental service this week on June 17th, 2011. PlayStation 3 owners will have the following choices of titles on day one:
- Call of Duty: Black Ops
- Duke Nukem Forever
- inFamous 2
- LA Noire
- Red Faction: Armageddon
- Transformers: Dark of the Moon
While DVD’s are priced at $1 per day, video games will cost $2 per day. We’re still a bit skeptical as to how well the rental service will turn out because video games tend to take much longer to complete than movies do. It won’t take many days before the price of these rentals will outweigh just signing up for its competitor, GameFly. But hey, more options are always welcomed, and if it doesn’t do well then maybe the fees will go down.