GameStop temporarily halts the new PowerPass rental subscriptions

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The PowerPass program was originally set to cost $60, and allow customers to check out a used game, play it as much as they wanted, and return it to swap for another title as many times as they wanted in the six-month period. At the end of your six months, you'd be allowed to keep one.

According to GameStop staff speaking to Kotaku's Jason Schreier, the company is suspending the program indefinitely. GameStop said that it was going to launch the service on November 19th.

GameStop's entrance into the game-rental market comes amid the company's continued financial difficulties. They've been told to store the material in their backrooms until further notice.

"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. "We feel this is the right thing to do for now to ensure we are able to provide our guests an exceptional service", a GameStop spokesperson said. If you planned on looking into PowerPass as a holiday gift, start looking elsewhere.

All of the signage has been tucked away, and any customers who have already paid for the service will get a full refund, as well as a free used game of their choice.

For now, buying games at GameStop requires old-fashioned monetary exchange. There's no timing yet for the rental program's return, but it doesn't sound like GameStop has any intention of making the temporary hold more permanent. In the meantime, one alternative would be Microsoft's Game Pass program, which gives Xbox owners access to 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 games for $10 per month. It had just got on its feet via a soft launch.

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