GameStop Delays Unlimited Game Rental Service Before Launch

GameStop halts its unlimited used game rental program

Report: GameStop halts used-games subscription service

GameStop's all-you-can-eat subscription to used games has been suspended, apparently over concerns with how the aging computer systems in the company's 7,000 stores can handle and track checkouts.

There is no word when the program will be reinstated. At the end of the subscription period, you could select one used game to keep.

Since then, GameStop itself has confirmed the delay, saying that it has chose to "temporarily pause" the PowerPass service due to "a few program limitations we have identified". It was a decent way to incentivize going to GameStop rather than just downloading all of your games. "We feel this is the right thing to do for now to ensure we are able to provide our guests an exceptional service", a GameStop spokesperson said.

Customers looking forward to the rollout of GameStop's new game rental program, PowerPass, will have to press pause on those plans.

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Originally, GameStop planned to launch the PowerPass subscription on November 19, right in time for the holiday season.

Update: Asked for comment, GameStop replied to Polygon with this statement.

For now, buying games at GameStop requires old-fashioned monetary exchange. Customers who already bought the subscription will need to return their game and their pass to get a full refund. In fact, GameStop has given no indication when or if PowerPass will be resuscitated. The company will also allow those who had purchased a spot in the program the ability to pick out any Pre-Owned game for free by way of apology for the inconvenience the sudden halt of PowerPass might have caused. Whether or not the program's specifics will change as a result of the suspension remains unclear. In the meantime, one alternative would be Microsoft's Game Pass program, which gives Xbox owners access to 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 games for $10 per month.

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