Gamefly To Get Games to People Faster With Fast Return
So I am not sure if anyone else has received this notice from Gamefly, but I found the tech behind it rather interesting. It seems that Gamefly has started to use Fast Return processing to get people their games quicker than before, short of digital downloading the titles. So how does it all work? Check the jump for the full 411.
Fast Return uses technology from the US Postal Service and Gamefly. What happens is that when your rental game is sent back to Gamefly, the tracking bar on the game is scanned at the Post Office. From that scan, Gamefly is emailed acknowledgement that the game is at the Post Office and heading back to Gamefly. With that information in hand, Gamefly will automatically send out the next game in your queue. As you can see with the screenshot above, I have already had a game sent out even though Gamefly have not received Need for Speed: Shift in their offices yet. I only have the two game plan, so you can imagine my confusion with having a third game in the queue out for Home delivery.
Have any other Gamefly subscribers seen this new tool used with their accounts? More importantly, what do you think of this ability to send a new game out without Gamefly having the old game in their possession yet. I for one am always for new tech that can games into my grubby little hands faster. Now if Gamefly could only work out a partnership to get the games streamed to my hard drive, I would be totally satisfied. Somehow, I doubt the console manufacturers will ever let this happen.Tags: distribution center, fast return, gamefly, rental, scan, Technology, us postal service