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Talking Point: Share Your North American PS4 Launch Stories

Posted by Sammy Barker

Greatness beckons

The wait has almost come to an end. At the time of writing, we are mere hours away from the PlayStation 4’s launch in North America. It’s been a long journey since the next generation system’s exciting 20th February unveiling, but now you're moments away from getting your hands on the hotly anticipated hardware.

We recently polled you on your plans for the device’s launch, but now we want to share your launch experience as it unfolds. In addition to a slew of helpful links and information below, we implore you to post your twilight activities below. Have you already assumed your position outside your local store? Are you staying home tonight and picking up your system in the morning? Let us know.

In addition to stories about your midnight launch or early morning pick up, we also want photos of your day one hauls. How many games are you snagging with your console? Have you bought an extra DualShock 4? What about the new PlayStation Camera – is that on your new system wishlist? Again, dive into the comments and keep us informed.

If you’re heading to a midnight launch, know that we’ll have full live coverage of Spike TV’s PS4 All Access event right here on Push Square. We’ll also be active on Facebook and Twitter, so if you want to keep in touch through either of the social networks, feel free to click the respective links and tap the all-important ‘Like’ and ‘Follow’ buttons.

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ztpayne7 said:

I thought I was going to wait til tomorrow, but the wife said she'd much rather do it today than wake up early. This will be my first midnight launch ever.



Ps4all said:

Just pre-rung at gamestop. They had extras available for people who had not pre ordered. Getting pretty excited.



Tasuki said:

Picking mine up around 5 PM PST tomorrow. Sadly I have to work tomorrow so no Midnight Launch for me.



gbr437 said:

Waited in line @Gamestop to receive my ticket number. Finally got it. Number 18. Yeeaahhh Baby! Yeeaahhh!! A moment of silence to the 15 people that waited outside with no preorder in hopes of getting a PS4 but later being told that they had just run out.



charlesnarles said:

I'm getting ready to go to GameStop at like 11:30. Guy there said only a 15 min line worth of people preordered like me, yay! I also went to Target for the 3-for-2 sale. Fool said I had to wait till tomorrow, but I asked the big boss and got KZ, BF4 and AC already for $120! Success!



Damianc78 said:

Picked up the Eye, KZ and NBA 2k14 on Tuesday. Went to GameStop at 6:00pm and got my ticket #2. Will head over to GameStop at 11:30.



Cowboysfan-22 said:

I'm on my way to Best Buy to pick up my preordered PS4. I already picked up my extra Dualshock 4 last week but I'll have the camera and Madden 25 waiting for me as well. But the real fun begins tomorrow because I'm having a 60" Panasonic plasma delivered to my house. The man cave is getting an upgrade!



Ps4all said:

In line right now. I'm about to pick mine up in Pittsburgh. The line isn't too long.



ztpayne7 said:

Got mine! Super painless. I was #37 and got it within 12 minutes. Won't be playing til tomorrow though. And I still have to stop at target for the buy 2 get 1 deal.



ztpayne7 said:

Just so everyone knows, the free ps +, $10 credit, and music unlimited currently says expires 3/31/14.



banacheck said:

Oh why do us in the UK/EU have too wait an extra two weeks, god dam you Sony lol.



ztpayne7 said:

the update downloaded very fast...but it has been saying "preparing to install" for probably about 15 minutes...



Madd_Hatter401 said:

Got my PS4 at gamestop in the providence place mall! The controller feels super sweet! The packaging smells awesome.. I can't seem to sign into PSN after many attempts though want to play but can't so I'm pretty upset. I will try for a while if it does not work there's always tomorrow.



Gamer83 said:

Got mine from the local Gamestop didn't take too long. Got home, system is set up the update went quick then, naturally, can't sign into PSN. It amazes me how in 2103 they still can't figure this out. Was looking forward to some Killzone but looks like it will have to wait. Hopefully tomorrow brings better luck.



Cowboysfan-22 said:

@get2sammyb I can't believe how small this thing is. It's smaller than my PS3! And it's a gorgeous system too. I haven't hooked it up yet because I'm waiting for my new tv. I want to get the full effect of it when I first turn it on.



D3athBr1ng3r187 said:

Good to hear y'all system is working fine i'm getting mine today which I couldn't go to the Midnight Release.



Reverend_Skeeve said:

@Gamer83 I read on another site that someone who had the same problem completely turned of his PS4 and reset his router...after that, the PSN login worked just fine. Maybe give this a try? Good luck!



divinelite said:

can only listen to the hype of Greatness

will join you guys sometimes in 2014, till then have fun and write more and more for us who can't get next generation now



Sutorcen said:

And where was this amazing game announcement? (without sarcasm, it is a genuine question)



Reverend_Skeeve said:

@Sutorcen Agreed. Very excited for Uncharted 4, but not really unexpected...and the Metal Gear Classic skin wasn't hardly as mind blowing as teased by Kojima...still, was a nice show.



Sutorcen said:

Nice show but I feel let down by the lack of an amazing/exciting announcement and the game with which Yoshida's jaw dropped was nowhere to be seen. Unless he meant "The last guardian".



Heshmagray said:

Awww man! I wish I was in the States right now but got to wait another 2 weeks over here in the UK. I guess it's good in a way that some bugs will be found and dealt with before the release here so we will be better prepared. Anyways enjoy your PS4's you lucky people!



ztpayne7 said:

@get2sammyb sorry, I went to bed so my wife could get sleep. Haha. Yeah, I fixed it. Even though it made me nervous, I deleted the install (it only said preparing, not installing) by pushing the options key. Then tried again and it was fine. Didn't try psn yet. I'll do that in a couple hours.



Gamer83 said:


I pobably should've tried that but I just kept clicking on the sign in button and eventually it worked. Had a good 5 1/2 hours with the machine. Games I played so far are Killzone Shadow Fall and Contrast. I'll post impressions sometime today, for now I'll just say both games are great and I absolutely love the DualShock4.



Reverend_Skeeve said:

@Gamer83 Glad it worked out for you in the end! I can only imagine the pain when one has a shiny, new PS4 standing there and the PSN login doesn't work.

Had the opportunity to get hands on with a PS4 demostation at a local retailer about 1h ago and must say I absolutely love the DS4! May be the best pad I used yet. Feels so high quality and the sticks and triggers are awesome! Sony definitely did a lot right!

Looking forward to your more detailed impressions...but good to hear that you like the games so far.




eliotgballade said:

@banacheck : don,t you find that the excitement of anticipation often outweighs any actual event ? I do. Look at it this way - the party's over for our friends in usa , but for us it,s still a fortnight away , and that makes it all the more special . (Dr Bean voice) "that's what I think anyway".



PMasterTy9 said:

@RyoHazuki Nice! I am planning on preordering Infamous too. What you see is a free 2-sided poster that GameStop was giving out when you pick up your PS4.



Malouff said:

Anyone know/try if you can use the PS4 link app on the vita and let a friend in Europe play a co-op game with someone in the US?

We would just have to tell them the pair code or does it have to be registered on the same wifi first?

Can you then remove the list of paired devices when done testing?



Cloud7794 said:

I grabbed mine last night and it plays amazingly. There were some connection issues (expected) but I download both patch 1.5 and 1.06(whatever that one did). Knack also experienced a few framerate drops during the first cutscene and then was perfect after that. Very fun game, hugely undeserving of a 5.9 so far.
I managed to download Contrast, Resogun, and Warframe without too much trouble, and I played Warframe. Great corridor shooter, it's fun but kind of complicated at times because they only explain the controls to you, not the shops or how to customize or anything of the sort. Have yet to try Killzone or Injustice, sadly.
Where do we go to post the first impressions btw XD I ended up more-or-less posting it here.



SilentJ said:

I wish I had a happy story to share. I've been up since early this morning, cleaning my entire apartment in anticipation for the PS4. Apparently I missed my delivery but I've been here all day so I don't know how that happened. Now I have to wait 3 more hours before I can even pick it up at the post office. Basically, my launch day was ruined thanks to the good ol' USPS. I work tomorrow so I doubt I'll get to play it until Sunday if I'm lucky. I'm pretty bummed out right about now.



odd69 said:

awesome stuff guys! ill be sure to check the site everyday for impressions



Damianc78 said:

First off I would like to give my local GamesStop a big ups for how quickly they got people their systems at the Thursday Midnight release. I was in the store by 12 out the door by 12:02 and home by 12:13. When I got home did the update for the PS4 and it took about 45 minutes to download and install . Tested out the feature of playing NBA2K14 while it downloads and it worked fine. Had a little issue with PSN but issue was resolved by Friday morning so I was able to activate both Hulu and Netflix with no problems. So far I am impressed with how 2K looks haven't be able to put it down. Will start KillZone Sunday after work.



Damianc78 said:

Sony gets a 8 1/2 for the launch from me. Would of been a 10 if Watchdogs and DriveClub would of made Day 1 release.



Tasuki said:

Well I walked into my local Gamestop to pick my preorder today after work which was around 5:30 pm so it wasn't too busy. Had a person ahead of me trading in a 3DS and some games. Anyway when it got to my turn I gave the guy my receipt which he took and scanned and then went into the back room. About 30 seconds later he came out with a big black bag which contained my PS4.

Once I got home I hooked it up and popped in AC IV and played that for an hour. Then I tried some Resogun and got hooked on that big time ended up playing that for about 4 hours lol.

Overall I am very pleased with the PS4.



MrPhotastic said:

I got lucky on launch day. I didn't pre order a PS4. I did some research online and someone on a forum suggested going to a Walmart in the hood. That's exactly what I did. I showed up at 7am at Walmart on launch day, walked over to the electronics department and saw about ten people waiting in line. I asked them if they were waiting for a PS4. Everyone said yes in unison. 4 people were in line to pick up their pre orders. The others, including myself were hoping we could snag one. The Walmart employee said that they only have 8 units in stock for sale. I was last in line. When I paid for my PS4, I saw that they only have one left. I MADE THE CUT! BEST LAUNCH DAY EVER!

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