Weekend Confirmed 199 - Steam Machines, PlayStation Now

By Ozzie Mejia, Jan 10, 2014 3:15pm PST

Weekend Confirmed is one step closer to a major milestone, having reached Episode 199! Hosts Garnett Lee and Jeff Cannata welcome in Shacknews' Andrew Yoon and "Indie" Jeff Mattas to talk about a whole lot of CES fallout, including Valve's reveal of Steam Machines and whether they're viable in the gaming market. That's followed by some talk about DayZ before jumping into Titanfall's announcement of 6v6 multiplayer and how it could potentially compare to other shooters like MAG, PlanetSide 2, Resistance 2, and Brink. Focus then shifts to the upcoming Alien: Isolation before discussing the Bravely Default demo and Republique. The show wraps up with an extensive conversation about PlayStation Now and what Sony could potentially make out of this new service. The 199th episode ends with a new round of Finishing Moves, followed by the post-show Tailgate.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 199: 01/10/2014

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Weekend Confirmed comes in four segments to make it easy to listen to in segments or all at once. Here's the timing for this week's episode:

    Show Breakdown:

    Round 1 - 00:00:30 - 00:26:24

    Round 2 - 00:27:48 - 00:54:05

    Round 3 - 00:55:32 - 01:24:28

    Round 4/Finishing Moves - 01:25:40 - 01:58:59

    Tailgate - 01:59:38 - 02:14:32

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  • PS Vita TV and Playstation Now

    One thing that everyone seems to be forgetting about in this PlayStation Now conversation is the PS Vita TV. Based on my own Remote Play experiences with PS Vita and PS4, I agree that the Vita is not the ideal way to experience games meant to be played on a home console with a controller, largely due to the lack of additional shoulder and analog stick buttons. However, when the PS Vita TV unit releases in North America, it's practically guaranteed that Sony will put a huge Playstation Now push behind it. And why wouldn't they, as the PS Vita's ability to sync with a DualShock 3 and eventually a DualShock 4 controller will immediately address all the interface shortcomings of the Vita when streaming PlayStation legacy titles.

    Also, don't forget that the PS Vita will likely cost only $100 here, making it an inexpensive way for anyone to access PlayStation Now without having to invest in a new Sony TV (though I'm willing to bet that these new Playstation Now Bravia TVs that Sony has planned will have the PS Vita TV hardware built into them). This is likely one of the main reasons why PS Vita was not released in North America at the same time as Japan...without a service like PlayStation Now to launch alongside it, there aren't enough reasons for people here to get excited for it aside from PS4 Remote Play and the limited selection of apps and games currently available for the handheld.

    I expect to see PS Vita TV to release in North America just in time for PlayStation Now's official coming out party, and that PS Vita TV is going to fly off the shelves as a result of the new streaming service.

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