Weekend Confirmed 115 - E3 2012 predictions, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, Dragon's Dogma

By Garnett Lee, Jun 01, 2012 11:00am PDT

E3 predictions! You love 'em! You hate 'em! You hate loving them? Whatever the case, The two Jeffs, and Insomniac's James Stevenson join Garnett to offer up plenty of forum fodder in anticipation of the big event next week. The crew tackles the big three--Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo--in the order of their respective press conferences. Does Xbox as a living room entertainment gateway give anyone goose bumps? Can Sony shake the Vita bottle hard enough to make a genie finally appear? Can Nintendo successfully answer "What would Mario do?" Of course, there's also time to talk some about the design plans for refining Diablo 3, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, and Dragon's Dogma before wrapping it up with Finishing Moves.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 115: 06/01/2012

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    Show Breakdown:

    Round 1 00:00:38 – 00:27:49

    Whatcha Been Playing Part 1 00:28:16 – 00:57:34

    Whatcha Been Playing Part 2 00:58:27 – 01:27:28

    Listener Feedback/Front Page News 01:28:15 – 02:01:51

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  • On the show you guys talked a little bit about the Service side when it comes to Sony, and when you think about it that's still their main disadvantage. The PS3 now get's most of the same games the 360 does along with probably a greater number of exclusives, but so many people still stick with the 360 because of Live. We all have a feeling that Sony is mostly going to talk about games, but if they did spend some of their conference time on improvements to the PlayStation OS service I think a lot of people would be satisfied.

    I'm honestly surprised that all these video services came to the Xbox first - the PlayStation is usually the machine more associated with video content. My PS3 has been almost more valuable to me as a video-playing set-top box than as a game console. I own both consoles, but I would honestly much rather use YouTube (which is getting a Vita app), HBOGo, and other services on the PS3 than on the 360. That might just be personal preference though.

    I think apps and service stuff could be what sets the Vita apart too. With the right apps it could even become a decent cheap tablet alternative. I think the rumors have already started that Sony might unveil an eBook app for instance - a Kindle app would be ideal (turn the Vita vertically). One of my favorite features of the PSP early on was the podcast RSS catcher. Those things along with email, good advancements to the web browser, and an RSS app (like Fliboard), could go a long way towards making people carry their Vitas with them more often.