These Google Play vending machines will sell 18 different gaming titles which are a mix of free-to-play and paid-for titles. To use the machines, you'll need an Android smartphone running Android 4.0 or higher and NFC. Don't have that? A Nexus 4 is readily available for you for testing.
Would you use one of these if you saw one in public?
Not everybody likes having their movies locked into proprietary cloud solutions. When I can take my library to another provider without having to repurchase it again I'll look at buying videos online. +Zach Graeve
There is much more use for redbox than this thing, since downloading movies can take a while and /or require hardware if streaming. But games?? Easier to download from phone than to bother with this....
+Tim P The NFC tag just points your phone to a Play Store URL. Your phone then launches the Play Store and goes directly to the app. Your data would be used, unless this has WiFi as well. That I'm not sure of.
If it had a wifi direct or hotspot capability that would be pretty cool. you NFC to get your phone on the vending store network to download the game. no using your carrier data, but I am surprised it is only 18 games. they should install these right next to The Pizza Vending Machine for dinner and Game night.
+Kenneth Andrews those apps you gave an example of don't even have new releases let alone all the good titles ... But I have to agree with the others, Redbox is old and not convenient anymore. Vudu has new releases.. Xbox video has new releases... etc.
Yes, and most of the prices I see are more expensive and you don't get the extra features. I'm not sure how grabbing a disc at a gas station while I'm filling up, or at the grocery store while I'm grabbing food, isn't convenient though.
The key here is that it is another choice, and more competition.
Your renting a movie that your gonna have to drive back and return. You can do that from your couch (granted not everyone has internet and smart apps) without having to return it, and to me it doesn't get any easier than that. I pay $5-$6 for new release movies in HD.
Redbox(and others) and DVDs period will always be around.. unless you have some super high speed internet or a service that doesn't compress 1080P the quality you getting is ugly compared to the physical disc.
+Rohan Blake the question was asked "if you saw one of these in public, would you use one?" ... I don't think it has anything to do with it not being in the country.. It was a pretty generic question. Shame on everyone who answered that doesn't have a passport lol
+Corey M Its a stupid question. America is ahead of lot of other countries. Some countries don't have clean running water. Japan just had a vicious tsunami. Google wouldn't build the machine if it didn't make sense. Red box is big in the U.S.