GameStop is launching a new initiative called Power Pass. This is an almost-but-not-quite Netflix for pre-owned games, except that you actually get to keep something when your subscription ends. Gaming is becoming an increasingly expensive hobby, so GameStop has chosen its moment wisely.
GameStop has a reputation when it comes to buying and selling used games . It will give sellers a pittance, and charge buyers a premium. But with digital storefronts now the norm, GameStop needs to try something new. And that something new is an all-you-can-eat offering called Power Pass.
Six Months Of Endless Gaming
Power Pass is a subscription for used games. You pay $60 for a six-month subscription, and during that time you can play as many games as you want, as long as you only have possession of one game at any time. When you bring that game back in, you can exchange it for another game, ad infinitum.
The best thing about Power Pass is that at the end of the six months, you get to keep hold of the last game you checked out. So if you use your brain you can play a treasure trove of titles, and end up with a recent release. Thus, you’re getting six months of gaming for the price of one new game.
The only catch seems to be the need to sign up for GameStop’s Power-Up Rewards program. However, that has a free tier which renders you eligible for Power Pass, so it’s not that much of a catch. Too good to be true? It doesn’t appear to be, unless there’s some small print we have missed.
According to the full-page ad announcing Power Pass, GameStop is launching this new initiative on November 19, 2017. Which is just in time for the holiday season, and just as one of the biggest years for video games in a long time starts winding down. GameStop must be getting desperate.
Making Video Games Affordable Again
If Power Pass is set to work as advertised, with the full selection of pre-owned games to choose from and no other caveats to consider, then it’s an absolute bargain. Especially as the price of new games continues to inch upwards, even before the dreaded DLC and microtransactions are figured in.
Do you buy used games from GameStop? If so, do you resent paying the high prices GameStop charges? Have you switched to buying from a digital storefront such as Steam instead? What do you think of Power Pass? Could this be the future? Please let us know in the comments below!
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