For years now, GameFly has been the only major provider of videogame rentals by mail. Now, Blockbuster is stepping up to the plate in a big way by offering game rentals cheaper. Significantly cheaper.
The new game rental service from Blockbuster is a simple add-on to the company’s already existing video rental service. The extra cost to you – zero, zip, zilch, nada. Renting games doesn’t raise your rate.
Here’s how it all breaks down: If you’re currently renting one game at a time from GameFly, you’re paying $15.95 a month – assuming you don’t have some sort of special deal going. Over the course of a year, you’re looking at $191.40.
If you’re renting two games at a time from GameFly, that’s a staggering $22.95 a month. Twelve months in a row brings that up to $275.40, which starts to look like a pretty big expense.
With Blockbuster’s service, you’re only paying $8.99 a month for taking one game out at a time. That’s nearly half of what GameFly charges. The yearly total for that is just $107.88. For two games at once, it’s $13.99, or three at a time is $16.99. That’s only a dollar and four cents more than GameFly charges for just one game.
Even better, you don’t have to stick to just games. If you want to rent a DVD or a Blu-ray, all you need to do is pop it in your queue.
I’ve used GameFly in the past but ditched it because of the cost and the extremely long wait between games. I’ve also used Blockbuster for videos back when they offered free in-store exchanges, but I ditched that for Netflix once streaming hit the Xbox 360. Shipping for Blockbuster was nice and quick, though, much like Netflix.
As long as the shipping stays fast and the games stay in stock (I’ve signed up, so I’ll let you know!), it looks like we may have a GameFly killer on our hands. At the very least, it’s incentive for GameFly to bring its prices on down. That’s a big win-win for gamers.