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Couple Used PlayStation 4 to Stream Live Call-in Talk Show, Got 200k Viewers

Expect lots of other people to copy this idea—pretty much everyone who owns a PS4 and PS4 Eye.

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[Updated 11:00PM EST] They’re streaming again and apparently doing game giveaways.

Using the PS4’s native ability to stream gameplay over Twitch’s online video streaming service, a couple from Washington starred in their own talk show and drew quite a crowd. The Spartan Show got so many viewers, in fact, that Sony executives tweeted that they were watching and eventually called into the show.

The ingenious couple used the new Sony console’s ability to stream live gameplay to stream themselves from the pack-in game PlayRoom, which uses the PS4 Eye camera (which is not a pack-in, by the way) to put players on the screen. The show started off by demonstrating how to modify the DualShock 4 controller with joysticks from a DualShock 3. Over time, it became a call-in talk show that lasted until early this morning and racked up 200k views.

A few sony executives got wind of what was going on via Twitter, and Adam Boyes, head of publisher relations at Sony Computer Entertainment America, eventually called in to talk to the couple. You can see that conversation in the video above, and head over to The Spartan Show channel on Twitch to see the show when the couple returns from a parent-teacher conference at 6PM PST today.

This may not exactly be what Sony was expecting when they added the streaming services to the PlayStation 4, but it’s certainly a signal that it was the right call.

(via Venture Beat, image via WarioSixFour on YouTube)

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