GameStop halts its unlimited used game rental program

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Temporarily on hold

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. 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. After those six months are up, the last game that you have "out" is yours to keep.

The spokesperson specified that the roll out was being paused due to "program limitations".

GameStop's game subscription service is here, aaaand it's gone. We feel this is the right thing to do for now to ensure we are able to provide our guests an exceptional service.

It's understandable for a new program to experience hiccups as it approaches its launch - that's what soft launches are for, after all. Under its six-month terms, the program would allow customers to take any used game from a local store's catalogue, play it as long as they wished and exchange it for another until the subscription expired.

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That means any in-store advertisements for PowerPass have been removed and put in storage until further notice.

The spokesperson continues on to state that guests who subscribed to the service can receive a full refund and pick out any pre-owned game for free. If you planned on looking into PowerPass as a holiday gift, start looking elsewhere.

GameStop PowerPass isn't quite ready for showtime. The prominent gaming retailer has been fighting a losing battle against the increasing convenience of downloading games, a service that the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch all offer for each and every game on those consoles. Although GameStop didn't get into specifics, it did confirm that it has made a decision to delay the introduction of the program - for now.

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