Gamestop Temporarily Halts Used Game Rental Program Roll-out

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As a PowerPass member, you'll only be able to check out one pre-owned game at a time, but can swap it for a new one as often as you like. Subscribers "can choose from any pre-owned video game in our catalog, from the throwback classics to the latest hits", Mooring said.

When it came out, GameStop's PowerPass sounded too good to be true: All the used games you could play for six months, plus a free used game at the end, for $60.

GameStop's entrance into the game-rental market comes amid the company's continued financial difficulties. Stores that had the program already have been told to remove all advertising for the program and to hault the service.

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"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. Unfortunately, they'll have to wait a little longer to take advantage of the program, as GameStop has temporarily halted the program, according to GameStop staff.

The program went through a soft launch in some locations earlier this month, with its full rollout to follow later. If you planned on looking into PowerPass as a holiday gift, start looking elsewhere.

Update: Asked for comment, GameStop replied to Polygon with this statement. 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. 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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