GameStop halts used game rental program before its launch

GameStop halts its unlimited used game rental program

GameStop is temporarily suspending its recently launched PowerPass program.

In a statement provided to GameSpot, the retailer said it made a decision to "temporarily pause" the launch of the subscription service due to "a few program limitations" that GameStop discovered. There's no additional charge on each rental, but you can only have one game checked out at a time.

Per Kotaku, anyone who already bought into GamePass can bring back their pass and any game they rented for a full refund. The company said in a statement that it has identified some limitations to the service so has halted the service.

It's not clear why the retailer is putting PowerPass, which was in the middle of its soft launch, on hold; Kotaku reports that employees have been ordered to remove all signage about the program from stores and put it in the back rooms. But it appears, at the very least, that GameStop isn't giving up on its program just yet.

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The plan wasn't fully scraped, per those sources, as they were supposed to store the materials in the back room, indicating they would be put to use in the future. The service, which has a price of $60, soft-launched this week. As a peace offering, affected customers will also get to pick out any pre-owned game for free.

It's unclear why GameStop has chose to do this but some store employees suggest that limitations related to the company's old computers likely caused this. If unfamiliar, this program would cost $60 and would allow customers to rent as many used games as they would like within a six-month span, with customers getting to choose one of the games they rented to keep permanently, at the end of the subscription.

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

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