If you’ve been buying your video games and movies so far, you may want to check out GameFly. As a subscription service, it lets you rent games and movies by mail with no return dates or late fees. You can also stream games through GameFly and buy games and movies at its store.
As any gamer knows, video games can be expensive: At up to $60 a pop (possibly more, when you consider potential downloadable content), games can rack up costs quickly.
GameFly, founded in the early 2000s, has been solving that problem for a while now. At its core, it’s the Netflix for video games — you pick games you want to play, and GameFly sends them to you via mail. In recent years it’s also become more like Netflix itself, offering movie rentals on top of its video game service. With plans starting at $15.95 a month — including an optional streaming service starting at an additional $6.99 a month — GameFly is a solid way to try out different games and watch various movies without having to shell out big time.
How the service works
GameFly lets you build a queue of games and movies you’d like sent to you. After you’ve populated your queue, GameFly will start sending you games or movies based on that list.
As a new customer, you can have 1 or 2 discs out at a time depending on which subscription you choose. With 1 disc out at a time, you’ll have to send the disc back to GameFly before the service will send another game or movie to you; with 2 discs out at a time, you can send one disc back to GameFly and keep the other one (or send both back at the same time). When you’ve been a customer for at least 60 days, you’ll have the option to upgrade to a subscription for 3 or 4 discs out at a time.
Beyond renting discs by mail, you can also buy games and movies at the GameFly store. You’ll find new and used titles, including pre-orders, cheaper “bargain bin” games, and bestsellers.
GameFly is primarily a mail-based video game rental service, but it has recently introduced a service that lets you stream games. To use the service, you’ll need a streaming device, such as:
- Set top box: Amazon Fire TV, EMTEC GEM Box
- Streaming stick: Amazon Fire TV stick
- Smart TV: Samsung Smart TV, LG Smart TV
You’ll also need a compatible controller, such as:
- Amazon Fire game controller
- Xbox 360 controller
- PS4 controller
- Logitech F-310
- Logitech F-510
- Logitech F-710
The streaming service has a constantly expanding catalog of games, including:
- Batman: Arkham City
- Saints Row
- Tomb Raider
What is the pricing for GameFly?
There are two pricing tiers for GameFly:
- 1 disc out at a time: $15.95/month
- 2 discs out at a time: $22.95/month
For new customers, GameFly offers three introductory prices:
- 1 disc out at a time: $9.50/month for 3 months, and $15.95/month afterwards
- 2 discs out at a time: $13.50/month for 3 months, and $22.95/month afterwards
- 1 disc out at a time: 30-day free trial, and $15.95/month afterwards
As a new customer the last option is a good idea if you’re not sure if GameFly is right for you, because you’ll get a free month to try out the service. On the other hand, the other two options are good choices if you already know you’ll be a GameFly customer — you’ll save a small amount off the normal prices.
After you’ve been a paying member for 2 or more months, you’ll be eligible to upgrade your account:
- 3 discs out at a time: $29.95/month
- 4 discs out at a time: $36.95/month
The GameFly streaming service starts at $6.99/month.
The GameFly selection of video games and movies
GameFly offers a collection of video games on consoles and handhelds, as well as movies on DVD and Blu-Ray.
GameFly has video games spanning from current-gen consoles like PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U, as well as older consoles like the GameCube and PS2. The list of supported consoles and handhelds includes:
- PlayStation 4
- Xbox One
- Wii U
- Nintendo 3DS
- PS Vita
- PlayStation 3
- Xbox 360
- Nintendo DS
- PlayStation 2
- PlayStation Portable
- Nintendo GameCube
- Game Boy Advance
You can rent movies in Blu-Ray and DVD formats, including titles in genres such as:
- Action Adventure
- Music Video
- Sci-Fi and Fantasy
GameFly pros and cons
Here are the pros and cons of GameFly to help you decide if the service is right for you:
- Relatively low monthly fee; don’t have to buy video games or movies
- Discs mailed directly to your home
- Large collection of video games for various consoles
- Large collection of movies
- Streaming service offered
- Mobile app for notifications and streamlined queue adjustments
- Purchase used games at a discounted rate
- No late fees; keep games or movies for as long as you want
- Some titles may have limited availability
- The “1 disc out at a time” plan will leave you without a game or movie for several days while your discs ship