PS4 kiosks coming to retailers across the US

Beginning today, Sony rolling out demo units at retailers across the country; Knack, Octodad, and FIFA 14 available to play.

The PlayStation 4 launches to the public in 30 days, but gamers can get their hands on the next-generation console ahead of release beginning this week at retailers across the United States.

Beginning today, Sony is rolling out PS4 demo kiosks nationwide. The first batch of demo units will be available in select Sony Stores, before expanding to electronics chains like GameStop, Best Buy, Target, and Wal-Mart in the coming weeks.

A list of participating locations, which will be updated over time, is available at the special Experience PlayStation website.

Games available on the PS4 demo units include Knack, Octodad: Deadliest Catch, FIFA 14, Contrast, Super Motherload, and Pinball Arcade.

Competitor Microsoft this month launched a worldwide Xbox One tour. Xbox team members will visit over 75 countries around the world to demo the Xbox One and let fans go hands-on ahead of launch on November 22.

The PS4 launches on November 15 in North America, with a November 29 release in Europe to follow.

Written By

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

Discussion

325 comments
PayneKiller
PayneKiller

sony store too far from me. i'll wait til it gets to best buy

Queuingreturns
Queuingreturns

4 weeks to go before the Xbots go back into their graves.

I CAN'T WAIT!!! : D

tightwad34
tightwad34

Yeah, I'm not going to go the Gamestop and wait in line for who knows how long. Plus the only one around here is in the mall and I can't stand going to that place.

nate1222
nate1222

The game demos they're using sound pretty generic. Other than that, it doesn't sound like a bad way to get people into PS4.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

Is it just me or does the new non-lyvefire powered comment section seem weird? Are people actually commenting and it doesn't update you or what....? I hated the old system, it was lag as hell, but now I don't know whats happening.

v7seven
v7seven

Octodad, Fifa, and Knack - I dont even need to comment on this. Ps4 is failing all on its own. What will i do :(

aeok
aeok

 This maybe look unbelivable but I am from Brazil and here Sony just announce the price of PS4 it gonna cost U$ 1800,00,
yes the price of almost 5 PS4 in US - We are so f...

deathstream
deathstream

This is one area where Sony has an advantage.  Kinect is much harder to set up in a store than a standard console kiosk.

Triton
Triton

Gee... did anyone really think they would not be coming...

franzito
franzito

Cool but the launch lineup is unimpressive. Even I took years to buy a PS3 given its library. I mean, we didn't get Persona 5, the Silent Hills were messy, not a decent shooter (unless you import some) and few cool surprises like Demon's / Dark Souls. I have more PS2 games than PS3 ones and PS4 is not making an impression for me to buy at its launch.

megakick
megakick

Never seen a Sony store. What in it? PSP? PS3? Phone? TV? Boom Box? Car Audio? A lot items that don't sell well. Sony is banking on the PS4 all of their other electronic divisions have been down sized. If PS4 does poorly Sony might be in trouble.

ray1man2hot
ray1man2hot

xbone has a better launch lineup but ps4 will dominated during the spring with the order.

ray1man2hot
ray1man2hot

i am very disappointed with this launch lineup. drive club delayed come on really.  im not 10 so i dont want to play knack it does look great but not interested in playing it. watchdogs and crew delayed too my god why do u hate psgamers. now dont get me wrong we do have three great looking fps right now im looking at b4 the most. killzone a close second but im afraid it might play too slow plus i want to get what my friends r getting. im a bit disappointed but i do have imfamous which is awesome but i just want more. 

ray1man2hot
ray1man2hot

this is sad you could have played most of these games on ps3. maybe they r hoping kids will make their parents get it for knack or octodad or maybe fifa if they really like football but uhhhh yeah what a snoozefest this lineup is where is killzone or black flag battlefield4 for give me soming to say hey look how awesome ps4 is and not well u just wait until the order comes out and yeah im not happy with this launch lineup if it werent forthird party developers i would totally freak out.

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

I won a PS4 from Taco Bell, but i lost my code, i really pissed right now.

Unbiased-Gamer
Unbiased-Gamer

Really? How many people ACTUALLY have a "SONY store" near them? This is stupid. Just like how there are barely any Microsoft stores anywhere. Put the demo units in major retailers already...

steelmouth
steelmouth

You would think with PS4 dusting ass with Xbox One MS would have been the one doing this, but damn I envy the Xbox team who would be globe trotting across 75 countries getting laid and playing Xbox  

bluebird08
bluebird08

they really should put killzone shadow fall in the demos.

digits52
digits52

I'm looking forward to the PS4 big time, but this is a sad lineup of games they have for the public to Demo.. smh

Zloth2
Zloth2

OCTODAD!?  I take it somebody at Sony USA wants to get fired so they can collect unemployment??  Maybe I'm remembering wrong but isn't Octodad about trying to do simple things with terrible controls?

AvIdGaMeR444
AvIdGaMeR444

So how many clueless casuals will play PS4 on the kiosks and decide not to purchase the console because they didn't find Octodad intriguing?

PoppaKrogan
PoppaKrogan

@aeok I feel bad for the huge price, but there's a reason. Brazilians never buy new consoles, why do you think PS2 was still getting Fifa games up until this year? Because it sells massive amounts on the PS2 in Brazil. PS3 will probably be getting Fifa for 10 years too.

DL_gamer
DL_gamer

@aeok I came here to state the same and express my feeling towards that consideration Sony has for the Brazilian fans. It's much cheaper to travel to US, spend a week or two there and then bring a PS4 with you. I hope everyone boycott PS4 here.

v7seven
v7seven

@deathstream Your kidding right..... Sony fanboys will call anything an advantage nowadays. #gettingdesperate

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

@Triton read one of the comments in the bottom, because someone thought they wouldnt do a kiosk

BigBossWato
BigBossWato

@ray1man2hot There launch titles many be better but the PS4's Launch window games are more appealing,  XB1 does have great looking games like Titanfall, project spark, and Quantum Break (Titanfall and Project spark are both going to be on PC mind you) but out of the two the PS4 will have more of what I like. 

BigBossWato
BigBossWato

@ray1man2hot Drive club's delay is only a rumor. 

Sundberg_man
Sundberg_man

@ray1man2hot Well honestly both sides lineups are rather weak. I don't see any reason to buy either until next year.

BigBossWato
BigBossWato

@ray1man2hot You do understand that because BF4 and KZ:SF are rated M that retailers are not allowed to display them because of said M rating.

BigBossWato
BigBossWato

@Unbiased-Gamer did you not read the whole article the kiosks will be at Gamestop, Best Buy's, and Walmart in the coming weeks. 

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@Unbiased-Gamer There's an apple store and a ms store here, in ONE place, side by side in a mall. But sony store? Rofl. Really? That will be a massive waste of money. Sony is a hardware company plain and simple. To pull off a company store, you have to have a company personality and have an entire experience to offer.

Selling nothing but TVs, audio, playstations, and laptops will not break a profit for a store when they are all the same brand.

Cincinnati may be small compared to new york or chicago or LA but it's sure as fuck not a small area.

BigBossWato
BigBossWato

@steelmouth Yeah they're trotting across 75 countries and yet it is a pointless task considering the the XB1 is only coming out in 13 of the countries.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@steelmouth Not sure working at MS screams "sleep with me". But...k.

"Yeaaa bitch I'll treat you like I do my customers." "Take it like a Vista buyer!"

Hurvl
Hurvl

@steelmouth Meanwhile, the physical copies of PS3-exlusive new Ratchet and Clank game includes a voucher for Quest for Booty. Hmmm, seems like the MS folks are also on a quest for booty if your comment is correct.

Unbiased-Gamer
Unbiased-Gamer

@bluebird08 I think they won't because it's rated M. Also, what makes people interested in Killzone? 

BigBossWato
BigBossWato

@AvIdGaMeR444 since most of the launch games are rated M, I don't think they are allowed to display any demo above above Teen in the kiosks. 

doctorj11111
doctorj11111

@AvIdGaMeR444 This is exactly what I was thinking.  Great idea to add the kiosks, but horrible game lineup.  Hmm, Dead Rising 3 and Ryse seem much cooler on the Xbox One Kiosk compared to Pinball Arcade, I guess I will get an Xbox One.

kb8618
kb8618

@freedom01 @Unbiased-Gamer there were a few around in my area, and all of them have closed.   The closest one is an hour drive.

Sundberg_man
Sundberg_man

@Unbiased-Gamer @bluebird08 The exact same thing that makes people excited for COD ghost and AC4. Because it's an overrated over-hyped game franchise that people buy just for the name and not for what they get.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@BigBossWato @AvIdGaMeR444 Idk about that. I've seen plenty of Dead Space 3 or Rock Band or whatever other games on demo stations. But I guess they were decided by the stores.

Techtroll
Techtroll

So a demo and the games on it is how you decide which console you'll buy I really don't believe you were gonna buy a ps4 in the first place you obviously just like to complain