GameStop halts used game rental program before its launch

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However, merely days before the service's launch, GameStop has reportedly made a decision to pause the launch of the unlimited used game rental service. News of the delay first surfaced from GameStop employees speaking as anonymous sources.

"We have elected to temporarily pause the roll out of the new PowerPass subscription service, based on a few program limitations we have identified". Essentially, you could use GameStop as a type of pre-owned video game library.

Technically, the PowerPass program had already kicked off by the time GameStop made the decision to temporarily shut it down. The company hasn't confirmed that claim, however. Employees were also asked to discard the store's Holiday Guide and replace this week's "weekly ad".

GameStop has reportedly begun rolling out, then abruptly stopped, the PowerPass game rental program it had planned to officially launch on November 19th.

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Per Kotaku, anyone who already bought into GamePass can bring back their pass and any game they rented for a full refund. Additionally, they can pick out any used game to have for free-not a bad tradeoff. The service soft-launched this week, so that could be where the issues were discovered.

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. (Those titles would be limited to ones offered at the store's physical locations, rather than through the chain's online inventory.) PowerPass's $60 price-tag would cover six months of playing and swapping, after which customers could select one preowned game to keep permanently.

Keep an eye out as GameStop provides more information about PowerPass, and possible changes to the program.