PSP kiosks spreading across Japan

Sony is expanding its demo download stations to 300 locations in the country, including game retailers and train stations.

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TOKYO--Sony Computer Entertainment announced it will increase the number of its PlayStation Spot kiosks in Japan. Starting today, the company will begin setting up the terminals in 300 locations nationwide. Sites for the kiosks will include game retailers, Internet cafes, and major train stations.

Sony's PlayStation Spots offer various game demos that can be temporarily downloaded to the PlayStation Portable via its wireless game-sharing functionality. The company has been regularly promoting the terminals with TV advertisements and even a promotional tour, but its actual availability has been limited up until now. PSP owners had to either go to Sony's official showroom located in Tokyo's Ginza district or one of the 12 game retailers that had the machine, almost all of which are also in Tokyo.

Sony will begin the expansion of its PlayStation Spots starting with 150 Internet cafes, which are either members of the Japan Complex Cafe Association (JCCA) or listed in the Gourmet Pia restaurant directory. On March 14, Sony will set up the kiosks at five major train stations: JR Shinjuku station (Tokyo), JR Tokyo station (Tokyo), JR Ikebukuro station (Tokyo), Sapporo Subway Oodori Station (Sapporo), and Nishitetsu Fukuoka Tenjin Station (Fukuoka). Finally, in April, the company will start setting up kiosks at approximately 150 retailers.

Three games will initially be offered by PlayStation Spots at Internet cafes and train stations: Baito Hell 2000, Loco Roco, and the Hudson comedy game Cream Stew mo Minagara Iroiro Gochagocha Ittemasukedomo...Warai no Tamago L size. A different selection will be offered through PlayStation Spots at retailers.

For the list of Internet cafe locations with kiosks, check Sony's official PlayStation Spot Web site.

Discussion

27 comments
kreo20
kreo20

Playstation Spot needs to come to the UK aswell. Man this will be sik if it does come over and also a comment to dr23benway; technology will always be copied, updated or just be ripped off from the original maker. So, I'm not complaining when it comes to Sony copying Nintendo's ideas because frankly, that just means that we as consumers will have better choices and that there'll be a healthy competition in the video games market. P.S. My case is @ rest!

FuguNabe
FuguNabe

Meh, my PSP is catching cobwebs and growing hairs. I'll just wait till someof the RPGs start rolling. For now though it's all eyes on DS here in Japan. It's got all the games. I brought both for games but only the Ds is delivering. Stupid multimedia junk. Like I'll buy UMD over DVD... lol... DVD thanks. This is similar to what Nintendo is doing though. Those Sony boys are so damn innovative [note the sarcasm].... *goes back for one more game of Lumines so that I don't forget completely about my PSP*.

copp3r
copp3r

nice...i hope they bring this over to US soon i wanna try out the loco roco demo btw, didnt Ninty copy Sony's wifi multiplayer, while we're playin this game?

GreyFoxV1
GreyFoxV1

Guess Sony is getting desperate with the PSP to be putting out that much hardware just for demos.

ebonyflame
ebonyflame

Price price price, could I get a PSP for the price of a DS, I would have one. Price is whats holding that machine back. That would be the killer app portable were it not so expensive. And don't tell me it outsells DS. Every electronics store in the area I live in has stacks of PSP's new in the boxes on display shelves and empty DS racks. Its a portable steroid user, nobody wants upgradable portables, they want it to just work and improve over time through the software released for it ala PS2. First gen games were not much to look at but as time went on (and is still going on) the games just get better and better.

lewser5
lewser5

Temp demos?! If its like the DS where you can't keep them then its not too good. I rather keep my demos, so I can show my friends what hot game I am raving about. Lets have these hotspots in the states by the end of the year Sony!

gamemasta114
gamemasta114

Sony will never bring these demo stations to the US. It would go against their whole PSP strategy, shafting the consumer .

Dace67
Dace67

Ahoy! Fanboys ho! Its funny when Nintendo fanboys say that Sony is copying them (not quite true) again and Sony fanboys still say the DS sucks (even though it is outselling the PSP by millions of units). Hehe. Fanboys make me laugh.

bonso
bonso

yes, USA, please. i want to play a demo of LocoRoco.

alberto2045
alberto2045

GO PSP!!!!!!!!!!! ITS THE BEST THING EVER

Reetesh
Reetesh

Cream Stew mo Minagara Iroiro Gochagocha Ittemasukedomo...Warai no Tamago L size Is that a name for a Game:o Thats unbelievable. Also I think JapanIs really Getting developed In gaming I mean Newtowrk Railway stations and Cyber cafes Linking with PSP and DSes:o thats likt the FUTURE :D

Dante200X
Dante200X

this free demo thingy (that lasts 'till you turn off you PSP) isn't anything new.....Sony had a few demos availiable to download for anybody with a PSP at E3. I'm just wondering why they don't set up this kind of system in the US.

grnidbandit
grnidbandit

This is how mario fanboys defend their inferior DS and there "next gen killer" rev. by saying sony copies everything they do. its the only way they can feel competent in the next gen. DS=BS

WolfSkill5544
WolfSkill5544

I hope Sony don't forget about us in the states

diggyzoom
diggyzoom

those are great games to demo , Loco Roco is going to be awesome

Konfusion
Konfusion

...was it 5 minute ago that I heard people laugh about the DS demo stations? :| Welcom3 copy.

dinomatic
dinomatic

that would be great if it makes it to the u.s.a but still that the fact the demo is temp bothers me.

JimmySunderland
JimmySunderland

How are they copying Nintendo? The game sharing functionality has always been in the PSP spec...

dr23benway
dr23benway

Sounds like SONY is copying Nintendo strategy again. Can't wait for that double screen PSP...the PSP2S. Or the PS2 magic wand eye toy thingie that's just like the REV. Sony has to realize that execution matters as much as a good idea and it sounds like they are rolling this out in a 1/2 baked afterthought way.

GyRo567
GyRo567

Demos are kinda weak...

Hero_of_Time82
Hero_of_Time82

Would this kind of kiosk thing even work in the states? I know that the article doesn't really mention anything happening stateside, but I wonder if that's where Sony (and Nintendo w/ their kiosks too) are trying to go with this. It's kind of sad, but it's most likely true.... that kind of thing would never work here. The people in this country are way too image-conscious and would not want to be seen in public at a kiosk. That would go completely against Sony's campaign to make the PSP the "new i-pod." People would never consider it cool for even a minute.

Ace_The_Ace
Ace_The_Ace

U S A, U S A!! Come to USA please! This is so cool.

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

I hope this stuff will make it some day to the US and it be at gamestop or EBgames.

bryehngeocef
bryehngeocef

if it's like the ds, the demo works untill you shut down the system...

runstalker
runstalker

When will Sony USA wisen up and start porting this game to America? It's such a perfect game for yanks. Imagine GameStops filled to the brim with copies of Cream Stew Mo Minagara Iroiro Gochagocha Ittemasukedomo Warai no Tamago L Size? It would be heavenly!

Southrncomfort
Southrncomfort

Temporary Demos? So you get a few minutes with the game? meh.