BlueStacks, the company that’s worked in the past to bring Android apps to the Mac and PC platforms, has some enticing news that’s breaking today. Its upcoming GamePop set-top box will be including support for iOS games in its subscription mobile gaming service for televisions.
As for what developers will have to do before submitting their apps, John tells us it’s as simple as changing in-app payments to use Google or Amazon like the rest of the content on GamePop. The rest of the magic is handled by BlueStacks’ API-level virtualization technology dubbed Looking Glass. It’s what will allow just about any iOS game with next to no tweaks to run on the TV through GamePop. John notes it’s similar to how BlueStacks’ “Layercake tech does a ton of heavy lifting to make Android apps work on PC and Mac.” It will also take care of mapping controls for each app to the various controllers planned for the device including iPhone and Android apps and a physical controller that will sell with the GamePop console.
The service will be priced at $6.99 a month, and the company will offer a free set-top box and controller to any customer signing up for a one-year contract before the end of the month. After the promotion expires, the box and controller will run $129.