GameStop 'Temporarily Pauses' Unlimited Used Games Program

GameStop halts its unlimited used game rental program

GameStop halts its unlimited used game rental program

For $60, you can pick up any pre-owned game and return to the store to swap it out for a new one as often as you like for a period of six months.

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.

"We have elected to temporarily pause the roll out of the new PowerPass subscription service, based on a few program limitations we have identified", a GameStop spokesperson told Kotaku. It was a decent way to incentivize going to GameStop rather than just downloading all of your games.

GameSpot did do a soft launch of its PowerPass service.

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If you purchased a PowerPass during the program's soft-launch, you'll be compensated. Stores that had the program already have been told to remove all advertising for the program and to hault the service.

While the company didn't go into details about what those "program limitations" are, the sources say it could be due to an antiquated company computer network that isn't able to handle the program effectively. If you planned on looking into PowerPass as a holiday gift, start looking elsewhere. However, according to the wording in the statement that GameStop provided, it appears that at least some customers have been given early access to the service. If you're one of those individuals, you can return to GameStop with the pass and video game you have checked out, and the company will give you a full refund.

Assuming PowerPass is relaunched in a functional manner sometime in 2018, this is still not the outcome GameStop wanted right now. Meanwhile, the Steam platform from Valve made this the preferred method for PC gamers years ago. It's not clear when or if PowerPass will be open to the public again.

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