Kaser Focus: I am SpartaPlus | VentureBeat

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Happy April 1, everyone! Is it just me, or has this whole week felt a bit like an extended April Fool’s Day joke? We’ve heard a lot of rumors and ghost stories about things that are about to happen. And the biggest stories sound like things that were jokes a few years ago. Well, here’s some good news: the GamesBeat Summit has a great lineup of speakers!

E3 is canceled this year. I’m not mad about it because I think it’s happening for the right reason. I can speculate about the relevance of E3 to the modern game industry until my fingers loosen and clatter on my keyboard, but a big personal party is still not a good idea at this point.

Is E3 coming back? Should E3 return? No idea! But we’re probably going to enjoy more Nintendo Directs, State of Play, and Geoff Keighley’s memories of us knowing Hideo Kojima. You know, how would we have spent our summer!

Of course, we also got the official unveiling of the new PlayStation Plus update, previously codenamed ‘Spartacus’. There is a joke about Sony that refers to a story best known for the scene of a group pretending to be someone they are not in order to mislead others. I’m not sharp enough on a Friday to make it.

Everyone and their dog (and me) have compared the new PS Plus to Xbox Game Pass, and it’s understandable. Whether they mean it or not, Sony practically invites the comparison. But remove Xbox Game Pass from the equation, and what does SpartaPlus look like? Sony has revealed that it is finally bringing older games back to new PlayStation consoles – but only if you pay for the most expensive tier. This not only gives you access to PS3 games, but also certain games from the PS1, PS2, and PSP eras.

I wonder if it’s wise to lock backwards compatibility behind such a high paywall, considering it’s a feature Sony has never shown an interest in supporting before. It almost feels like Sony realized that playing older games is something users want and sees it as a root to get people to buy the higher tiers, not because it’s something they think gamers should have.

Other than that, it’s been a fun week: I just played Kirby and the Forgotten Land and Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands while waiting for some big, non-SpartaPlus Sony news to come out. At the time of writing, this has not yet happened. There is always next week.

I also just want to add: RIP Lovestruck. If you know it, you know it.

What to play this week?

What’s new:

Crusader Kings III for Next-Gen Weird WestDeath Stranding Director’s Cut for PCMoss: Book IIIkai

New on subscription services:

Weird West (Xbox Game Pass)Another Sight (Xbox Gold)Outpost Kaloki X (Xbox Gold)Deliver Us the Moon (Stadia Pro)City Legends: The Curse of the Crimson Shadow Collector’s Edition (Stadia Pro)Ys IX: Monstrum Nox (Stadia Pro)Chicken Police – Paint it RED! (Stadia Pro)Earthworm Jim 2 (Nintendo Switch online)Mappy-Land (Nintendo Switch online)Dig Dug II (Nintendo Switch online)The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion (Prime Gaming)Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville (Prime Gaming) Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge (Prime Gaming)Nanotale – Typing Chronicles (Prime Gaming)Guild of Ascension (Prime Gaming)Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion (Prime Gaming)Galaxy of Pen and Paper ( Prime Gaming)House of 1000 Doors: Family Secrets (Prime Gaming)

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