Redbox, the movie-rental subsidiary of Bellevue-based Coinstar, is rolling out video games to more than 21,000 locations across the U.S., starting in June. The move actually isn’t a surprise, given that Redbox has been testing game rentals in 5,000 locations for the past 18 months, in its kiosks located at a variety of grocery, drug and convenience stores.
Video games will rent for $2 a day via the Redbox kiosks, compared with $1 for standard DVD movies and $1.50 for Blu-ray discs. Games for Wii, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 will be available. Here’s the game rental page on the Redbox site.
GamaSutra reports that about 20 game titles will be available per kiosk, on average, when the services launches. The 21,000 locations getting the video games represent the majority of the 27,000 Redbox locations nationwide.
Coinstar overall today reported quarterly profits of $8.5 million, up 33 percent, but remained vague on details of its planned movie streaming service.