Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

GameStop halts used game rental program before its launch

GameStop halts used game rental program before its launch

However, by not announcing a reinstatement date for PowerPass (and by being ambiguous about why it was paused in the first place), GameStop has raised a few red flags. At the end of the subscription period, you could select one used game to keep.

"We are working through some of the program limitations we have identified to ensure the PowerPass subscription service delivers an exceptional experience for our customers", a spokesperson said in an email.

With PowerPass, subscribers would be able to rent an unlimited number of used games from the retailer, essentially making it an alternative to the local library and things like GameFly.

After PowerPass officially began earlier this week, GameStop froze the program, telling all stores to take down PowerPass advertisements and store them for the time being.

There is now no timeframe for when PowerPass will be reinstated, so if that was part of your holiday gift plans, you may want to find another option for the gamer in your life. GameStop has not given any indication as to if or when the service will be restored, but since the company statement uses the word "temporary", it seems as though they will try to bring it back at some point. In addition, we are allowing them to pick out any Pre-Owned video game for free.

GameStop PowerPass isn't quite ready for showtime.

For now, buying games at GameStop requires old-fashioned monetary exchange. Still, even in areas with poor download speeds or rampant data caps from ISPs, customers might be inclined to order new games from Amazon rather than go to a retail outlet. According to GameStop's spokesperson, the company ran into several issues with the program in testing it for launch. Along similar lines, Nintendo is set to launch a Netflix-like service for classic retro games on its Switch platform in 2018.

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