GameStop is launching a game rental subscription called PowerPass

  • GameStop is launching a game rental subscription called PowerPass

GameStop is launching a game rental subscription called PowerPass

Polygon has emailed a GameStop representative for more information on what that entails.

Digital game sales have been on the rise in recent years, threatening traditional retail stores which thrive on selling physical discs and cartridges, but the latest program from GameStop could be enough to get players back in stores.

The new PowerPass program starts November 19 and costs $60 for six months of unlimited gaming.

The person using the PowerPass also must be a PowerUp Rewards member, which is how GameStop will keep record of the rentals checked in and out, said spokesman Joey Mooring. The only slight caveat is that you're restricted to renting one at a time. You can usually only buy the games that are "hot" right now from RedBox machines, but you can also usually find them in remote, tiny towns where GameStop would never think of opening a store. Smaller GameStop locations - potentially even larger ones - may already suffer from a thin stock of pre-owned games that will surely become smaller if this program proves to be a moderate hit.

It's a solid deal, but the best part might be that when the six months are up, you get to choose a preowned game to keep.

Moreover, players can keep the last one they take. That's the store's loyalty program.

Only the PowerUp Rewards members would qualify for the Power Pass. It's the upgraded loyalty program that earns you bonus points and a subscription to Game Informer magazine.

If you like to play games a lot, there's no way GameStop PowerPass won't save you money. A used game costs around $55 from GameStop in the first few weeks after launch.