Perhaps harkening back to the good ol’ days of movie rentals from a company like Blockbuster, GameStop announced a new in-store video game rental program. PowerPass, as it’s called, will let subscribers take home used video games and swap out at any time. The model charges $60 for a six-month pass, and the only true hangup here (if you want to call it that) is that you can only have one game checked out at a time.
According to a report on Mashable, the program will launch this holiday season and will only be available in the six-month plan option. There’s a reason for that, though—apparently, at the end of the six months, you’ll be able to pick one game to keep for “free.”
Another catch to this PowerPass program is that it’s not available to any consumer. Rather, you have to be a GameStop Power-Up Rewards member. There is a freemium model for the Power-Up program that only requires you to create an account on the GameStop website. But there are paid-for models that run at $14.99 or $29.99.
Signups for PowerPass will begin November 19.
— TechRadar (@techradar) November 2, 2017
It looks like we actually received the new iPhone X (due out this Friday) a little earlier than even Apple anticipated. In an interview with Mashable this week, Apple VP of Hardware Engineering Dan Riccio said that the phone was originally in the product roadmap for a 2018 launch. But thanks to a ton of hard work and successful testing, the phone was ready a year ahead of schedule.
That pushed up schedule meant Apple had to make some final decisions on things like design earlier on in the process than it’s used to.
“As far as last-minute design changes? Actually, we didn’t have time for it,” Riccio said. “Quite frankly, this program was on such a fast track to be offered [and] enabled this year. We had to lock [the design] very, very early. We actually locked the design, to let you know, in November.”
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