GameStop suspends used games lending program for now

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The program has been in the midst of a soft roll-out up until now, but some issues have forced to company to halt the program temporarily due to limitations.

Per Kotaku, anyone who already bought into GamePass can bring back their pass and any game they rented for a full refund. (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.

In a statement provided to GameSpot, the retailer said it chose to "temporarily pause" the launch of the subscription service due to "a few program limitations" that GameStop discovered.

PowerPass was an intriguing idea when it was first announced but GameStop's decision to put the program on pause may suggest the service hasn't been met with quite as much interest as they would have liked. "We feel this is the right thing to do for now to ensure we are able to provide our guests an exception service".

For now, buying games at GameStop requires old-fashioned monetary exchange.

Either way, the PowerPass program is now suspended and there's no word whether or not the program will be reinstated. Additionally, GameStop is letting PowerPass subscribers pick up any pre-owned game for free, which is a pretty solid move on the store's part to make up for it.

What about anyone who already signed up for PowerPass during the soft-launch? The reasoning was not entirely clear, but per Kotaku, some employees speculate that store computers were too outdated to support the system. The program was originally scheduled to fully launch in the coming weeks, with sign-ups to begin on November 19. 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.

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