4,200 GameStop stores holding PlayStation 4 launch events

Retailer says it is expecting thousands of fans to fill its 4,200 participating stores Thursday night to pick up next-generation console.

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More than 4,200 GameStop stores across the country will host midnight launch events for the PlayStation 4 this Thursday evening, the retailer announced today. Events will begin at 6 p.m. on November 14, with systems going on sale for customers beginning at 12:01 a.m. on November 15.

The PS4 remains sold out at GameStop, meaning only those who have reserved a unit will receive one at launch.

"Our knowledgeable associates and our unique trade programs make us the most convenient and affordable place to purchase everything that you need for a great gaming experience," SVP of merchandising at GameStop Bob Puzon said.

Yesterday, November 10, GameStop held special PS4 pre-launch events across the country, where shoppers could receive up to 90 percent bonus trade-in credit when applied to purchasing a PS4.

The PS4 midnight launch events will feature contests and prizes, as well as live music and food trucks at participating locations. Select stores will also have PS4 demo kiosks available, allowing shoppers to play the PS4 before it is officially released.

Already available at GameStop locations across the country are copies of launch title Killzone: Shadow Fall, as well as various peripherals like DualShock 4 controllers, the PlayStation Camera, and the PS4 vertical stand, among others.

GameStop will hold similar midnight launch events for the Xbox One a week later on November 21, leading up to the system's release on November 22.

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