Watch out GameFly, RedBox is coming after you. The ubiquitous red kiosks found in front of supermarkets and drug stores across the country are now packed with a slew of game titles along with movie rentals. The fast growing company announced in the spring that it planned to expand its trial run of game rentals to most of its nationwide rental kiosks. And true to its word, game rentals are now available in 21,000 of its 27,000 RedBox stations. At $2.00 a pop, combined with the convenience of being able to grab a game on the spur of the moment, RedBox is now going head-to-head with GameFly, the online game rental service that’ s modeled on Netflix, We already informed Last monthRedbox To Offer Video Game Rentals For $2 Per Day and RedBox is announcing on its website, “It’s Game Time,” and is suggesting that gamers “celebrate” by renting a game today.
The gaming lineup is stellar. RedBox is carrying an impressive menu of the newest games for Xbox 360, Wii, and PlayStation 3. Some of the more popular game titles, include the new Duke Nukem Forever, the new release, Call of Duty: Black Ops from the now iconic action series, Brink, Transformers Dark of the Moon and Hunted the Demon’s Forge.
Players can reserve a game directly from the RedBox website with a a valid credit or debit card and the game will be held at the selected the kiosk until 9 p.m. the next day. Customers can also appear in person at a nearby bright red kiosk and swipe their cards to score a game rental on the spot. The rental receipt is delivered to your email account.
Mobile phone users having a text feature can make use of a number of mobile services offered by RedBook. Texting the word “REDBOX” to 50101 will bring up the closest RedBox kiosk. And texting the word “NEW” to 727272 will display the newest releases. RedBox also offers a mobile club that provides members a free one-night rental on the first Monday of each month.
If you plan to rent from Redbox, it’s best to be aware of RedBox’s late return policy: If you don’t return your rental within the allotted time (before 9 p.m.), you will be charged a daily fee. After 25 days, RedBox simply charges you the full price of the rental and it’s yours to keep.
Games can be rented at $2.00 per night, movies remain $1.00 per night and Blu-ray discs at $1.50.
If you can return your game rentals on time, RedBox offers one of the best deals around. RedBox’s main competitor, GameFly currently charges $15.95 per month for one game rental and $22.95 per month for two rentals out at the same time.
Will you be giving RedBox’s game rentals a shot?