Redbox has quietly announced that they will no longer be in the business of renting video games. As of this writing, the popular rental kiosk is blowing out all of their games at a massive discount. While the idea of the game rentals going away is a bummer for a lot of gamers, they can now purchase many of 2019's hottest games for 50% off with some going as high as 75% off. This is a huge deal and one that gamers aren't going to want to sleep on.
Redbox announced earlier this month that they had ceased renting games when a concerned gamer reached out to them on social media. The company had not made a formal announcement before that, which resulted in quite a bit of confusion at Redbox kiosks around North America. The company currently has over 41,500 of the iconic red kiosks located over all the United States and they have rented over 6 billion games over the past few years, which is quite impressive in today's video game landscape.
Back in 2017, Redbox unveiled the movie streaming component to their business model after they partnered with several Hollywood Studios, allowing users to rent movies on demand straight to their computers. They still offer the regular DVD and Blu-ray rentals at the kiosks, but they have phased out the gaming element. While no more rentals will be available, Redbox intends to keep selling games until early next year, which will more than likely cease too, especially since their blowing out games at a fraction of their original price currently. Thankfully for the gamers who enjoy the renting of games, GameFly is still around.
As for some of the games that are currently for sale, on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Death Stranding and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order are only $24.99 each, while Call of Duty: Modern Warfare can be purchased for $29.99. This is just the tip of the iceberg since there are a lot more titles up for grabs at the moment, though gamers looking for Nintendo Switch games will have to look a little harder since they aren't available at all Redbox locations. With that being said, now is a great time to go hunting for some cheap games.
Obviously, the games purchased will not come in the original packaging, but that's a small price to pay since most people download games straight form their consoles any way. Redbox has still yet to reveal the reasoning behind their decision to stop game rentals, but it more than likely has to do with Xbox Live running their own program, along with other outside factors. They gave yet to announce their future plans, but it looks like they are all done with the video game side of things, at least for the time being. You can head over to Redbox.com to see what games are currently up for sale.
Hi Rod! Games will continue to be available for purchase at the Box until early next year, but we’re no longer making them available to rent.— Redbox Care (@redboxcare) December 8, 2019