Coming this summer, those red kiosks that seem to guard the entries of every pharmacy and grocery store across the nation will begin offering game rentals on top of their current DVD movie rental service. Redbox announced today that it will fully deploy game rentals at its kiosks starting in June. It had began experimenting with the model in limited regions last year.
The move is not surprising considering that rivals such as Netflix, and previously Blockbuster, have all added game rentals to supplement the diminishing income from movie rentals. The company plans to place games in over 21,000 of its kiosks, with a rental price of $2 per day for games. The company currently charges $1 per day for DVD movies and $1.50 for Blu-Ray movies.
Game titles will be available for the Wii, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. The company has decided to exclude handheld games such as those for the Nintendo DS and 3DS, placing their focus for now on the home console market. Just like with Redbox movies, customers can pick up games on the go or reserve online ahead of time. Alll titles will be available at the kiosks on their first week of launch but not necessarily on their street date.