Sportsfriends Out Today: Local Multiplayer Madness on PS4, PS3

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Sportsfriends Out Today: Local Multiplayer Madness on PS4, PS3

Our local multiplayer compendium Sportsfriends goes live today on PlayStation Store! It’ll be available as a digital download on both PS4 and PS3 for $14.99 as soon as PS Store updates this afternoon. And if you purchase Sportsfriends on PS3, you’ll also be entitled to download the PS4 version for free.

Update: Sportsfriends is now live on PlayStation Store!


Sportsfriends is a collection of multiple games! Not dumb throwaway mini-games, but fully fledged, deeply competitive local multiplayer games.

Sportsfriends includes:

Oh, and there are tons of secrets, including some pretty big ones…


Play with DualShock 4 or 3!

You do not need a PlayStation Move to play Sportsfriends! We totally love the Move, and it’s a perfect fit for J.S. Joust (on both PS3 and PS4), but you can also play J.S. Joust with the DS3 and DS4!

DualShock 4 is especially nice, as we use the LED and the speaker to help signal gameplay animation. You don’t need a camera either. No Sportsfriends game makes use of the camera.


Don’t own so many controllers? No problem! We’ve made it so you can play Hokra and Super Pole Riders by “sharing” a controller with your teammate or opponent.

When you share a controller, you use one analog stick and the other person uses the other stick.

That means you only need one controller to play Super Pole Riders, and two for Hokra! (Tip: 1v1 Hokra is super fun! Split your brain and control both players on your team.)



Our favorite videogame memories involve playing with other people, together, in the same space. Think of Sportsfriends as an occasion to bring people together, both friends and strangers alike.

The Sportsfriends games are deliberately simple – no-frills multiplayer honed down to its raucous essentials. We wanted to make games that were spectator-friendly, accessible, and enjoyable for both hardcore gamers and non-gamers alike. We’re really proud of the end result, and think you’ll dig it too.

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  • I don’t understand how J.S. Joust supports the Move if no Sportsfriends game uses the camera…

    • What matters is accelerometer. It’s a game about not moving your controllers, no camera or computer vision needed.

  • Looking forward to playing this with the family!

  • Is there a Hands-on preview for this? I kinda think it needs one?

  • Congrats Doug and the whole team!

  • This should be on BD. It’s something you’d want to bring to a friends house. Definitely still getting it though.

  • @1 SIXAXIS motion detectors ( Accelerometers, Gyroscopes).

  • I’ve been playing JS Joust for months. This is worth it just for that game. Funnest use of the Move controllers I’ve ever seen.

  • So next-gen….

    Am I the only one that thinks most of the junk being shoveled onto PS4 is actually lesser quality and value than PS3? It’s getting really old, really fast imo…

  • This game looks great…local MP is where its at…..the real thing….I’ll be getting this game to play with my brother.Fun is guaranteed.

  • While I see that couch co- op apparently has a huge following I hope going forward that there won’t be a major influx of only couch co-op games coming out for PS4 because with a better online infrastructure games are better suited to have both options for gamers with online multiplayer as well.

  • I’ll be picking this up today. Especially looking forward to playing some Joust!

  • Any PS plus discount?

    Will the PS4 version also support streaming on Twitch If they have camera connected? Would be funny to see people try to play this like they do with the position app.

  • PenguinProtocol

    About to buy 4 PS Move controllers, do I need a PS Move Nav controller as well? Or can I use one of my DS4s to navigate menus?

    • No Nav needed! (and we don’t even support it)

      You can actually use the Move to navigate the menus, if you hold down the trigger button and move the Move left/right or up/down.

  • @Elway358-#8

    Next Gen is getting a chance to play something you’ve never played before. Sport friends is not necessarily next gen though. Its available for PS3 too. But it does give a chance for people who only have a PS4 to play the game also. There will be games that will push graphics for sure like Uncharted 4 but I’m more interested in pushing gameplay. Sports Friends looks like fun and is not 60$. The 60$ blockbusters will come and its still early in the PS4 life. That being said…I’m finding plenty to play.

  • PenguinProtocol

    + Doug Wilson

    Awesome awesome awesome. Thanks for the swift reply. Can’t wait to play!

  • I played J.S. Just last year at E3 and it is definitely fun with enough room and controllers. Can’t wait for the store to update.

  • As much as I love this game, actually requiring more than one person to play is really poignant. A lot of people have busy lives with friends who lead equally as busy lives and trying to get them over to play a game, as often as you like, is annoying. I understand why the joust game doesn’t have online multiplayer but the rest? Unless you know people who don’t have a job, you can’t play this game as often as you like. Personally I’ll be lucky if I can even touch this game once every other week now.

  • So is it 4 player max for JS Joust? Id love to have the biggest possible games, but unsure on max player limit.

  • @Feriokun I believe they said in their last post that the max players (for Joust) on the PS4 version is 4 and on the PS3 it’s 8.

  • Why is the game cross buy for the ps3 version only? I know that it is the kind of thing that is easy to deal with if you are aware but why not just give the cross buy thing to anyone buying through the ps4 too? Seems silly to me…

  • Can i use my ps move or ps3 controllers with the ps4 version?

  • marwoodwithnail

    Ive bought this on my PS4 and want to play it also on my PS3. Is there any reason the cross buy only works one way?

  • I second marwoodwithnail’s question. Why is this only cross-buy if you buy it on the PS3 first?

  • how could I buy this game ? is like normal games in blue-rays or something else ?

  • man how I hope I read this before I bought the game.
    I have a PS3 and PS4…. I would have appreciated the crossbuy when buying the PS4 version

  • Same here! I bought the PS4 version assuming that the cross buy went both ways. I have more controllers for the PS3 and it supports more players for JS Joust. Really disappointed, gonna contact PSN to see if they can sort it out.

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