Kaser Focus: The battle between Sony and Microsoft is a popcorn movie

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Watching two big companies fight in court proceedings is one of the most entertaining things you can find as a news writer. Before I started this job, I’d thought legal documents would be boring – au contraire, I’ve since discovered. The companies’ legal teams deliver wonderfully passive-aggressive (and sometimes aggressive-aggressive) punches at each other. This week my favorite entertainment is the Sony-Microsoft arguments about the UK Competition and Markets Authority investigation.

I can’t make this up. Microsoft has accused the CMA of “[adopting] Sony’s complaints without the proper level of critical assessment.” Sony said of the CMA’s investigation: “We want to ensure PlayStation gamers continue to have the highest quality gaming experience, and we appreciate the CMA’s focus on protecting from gamers.” I’m sure these two companies can settle this fairly and the status quo will be restored. But when I see these two companies having such a public fight, I grab my popcorn. haven’t had this much fun since the epic games against Apple legal documents.

In other news, Meta has unveiled its latest big rig right in front of your face: the Meta Quest Pro. Meta’s Mark Zuckerberg primarily sold it as an enterprise device, not so much for its gaming potential. That may be why it didn’t really reveal many VR games during the event. Among us, though, VR looks promising – it’s one thing to watch your little avatar roam the dark hallways, but it’s another to navigate that claustrophobic environment yourself.

For my part, in addition to a few other games whose titles I can’t reveal yet (*wink*), I’ve decided to give Coral Island a try. We know from past shows this year that we’re about to be inundated with farming sims, and Coral Island – which is still in early access, but available to Game Pass subscribers – is one of the opening salvos. It’s, like all farming sims, actually Harvest Moon (I think that should be the genre name at this point, like Soulslike or roguelike), but it’s also beautiful and charming in its own way.

What to play this week?

What’s new:

  • contempt
  • Dyson Sphere Program
  • NHL 23
  • PGA Tour 2K23
  • LEGO Bricktales
  • PC Construction Simulator 2
  • Eville
  • Dragon Ball: The Breakers
  • Ozymandias: Bronze Age Empire Sim
  • Kamiwaza: Way of the Thief
  • The Last Oricru
  • Paradise Swamp
  • Asterigos: Curse of the Stars
  • Trifox
  • fueled up
  • The darkest stories
  • Nickelodeon Kart Racers 3: Slime Speedway

New on subscription services:

  • Costume Quest (Xbox Game Pass)
  • Coral Island (Xbox Game Pass)
  • Bomber Crew: Deluxe Edition (Xbox Games with Gold)
  • Double Universe (GeForce Now)
  • Rabbids: Party of Legends (GeForce Now)
  • Warhammer 40,000: Darktide Closed Beta (GeForce Now)
  • Pilot Wings 64 (Nintendo Switch Online)
  • Gardens Between+ (Apple Arcade)

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