Here’s something you don’t see everyday, Google recently launched three Google Play vending machines in Japan that as its name suggest, is filled with game titles from the Play Store that allow users to purchase and play. According to Engadget who was at the launch event yesterday, the machines consists of 18 different game titles with a mix of free-to-play and paid titles, and can be played by anyone with a NFC-enabled smartphone running on Android 4.0 and above.
The vending machine looks like you typical vending machine with a gigantic touch display at the front and a place for you to put your phone on (NFC) right below that. What the machine does is nothing you can’t do by searching for the game from the Play Store on your device, but instead of keying it in manually, all you have to do is pick a game and tap your NFC phone on the tag and your device will automatically download the game.
If you don’t have a compatible device, the vending machine will even offer a Nexus 4 for you to try it on, probably something that could only work in Japan. If you’re heading to the country, Parco department store in Shibuya is where you should be heading to try it out, it’s not like an everyday occurrence whereby you can play with Google’s very own Play Store vending machine.