It was only back in October when GameStop announced that it was debuting a used game rental service called PowerPass. Gamers could pay $60 for six months to have one title out at a time. It sounded pretty interesting. At the end of the six months, subscribers could choose a title to keep for free.
But now, it looks like GameStop is suspending the program indefinitely. Bye bye PowerPass we hardly knew you. Maybe not goodbye, but it is stopped for now.
We don’t know why the retailer is putting PowerPass on hold. It was in the middle of its soft launch,. According to Kotaku, employees have been ordered to remove all signs about the program from stores. Employee speculation is that it has to do with GameStop’s outdated point-of-sale system, and that it isn’t equipped to handle the mechanics of a game rental service.
If you already signed up for PowerPass, you can bring your pass and rented video game in for a full refund, and you’ll be allowed to select a free used game. The spokesperson said that the roll out was being paused due to “program limitations.” We don’t know when or if PowerPass will be open to the public again.