Apple Arcade violates the same App Store policies that are keeping Xbox Game Pass and Google Stadia off of iOS, says former App Store leader



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  • Apple’s iPhone and iPad App Store doesn’t allow subscription-based gaming services like Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass and Google’s Stadia. 
  • The reason, according to former Apple App Store director Phil Shoemaker, is because “apps that compete against Apple’s services have a track record of problems getting through the App Store’s review process,” a new House antitrust report said. 
  • Shoemaker pointed to Apple Arcade, Apple’s subscription-based gaming service, as a primary reason other game subscription services aren’t available for iPhone and iPad users. 
  • “Apple’s gaming service, Apple Arcade, is a type of app that was ‘consistently disallowed from the store,’ when offered by third-party developers,” the report said, “but Apple allowed its own app in the store ‘even though it violates existing [App Store] guidelines.’”
  • Apple maintains that any game on a subscription service is subject to the same App Store approval process that an
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Google’s Stadia Controller now supports USB-C headsets and headphones

Google’s Stadia controller now has support for USB-C audio devices when playing on a Chromecast or via a web browser. That gives you an easy way to add headphones and a microphone, since you can simply plug in a set of wired USB-C earbuds like the Google’s Pixel USB-C earbuds, gaming headset, the Asus ROG Delta, or even the wireless SteelSeries Arctis 1 gaming headset with its wireless USB-C adapter (It works, a Redditor confirms.)

It’s nice that Stadia players have another audio option beyond the built-in 3.5mm jack, and it’s cool and unusual for any game controller to offer USB-C audio, but it still took almost a year for Google to add it after promising the feature was coming.

Up until now, you could only use the controller’s USB-C port to charge the controller or to plug it into a smartphone or computer with a USB-C cable. In fact,

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Amazon’s Luna cloud gaming already seems much different to Google Stadia

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Is Amazon Luna just a subscription service — or is it an umbrella for all future streaming gaming?


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A year after Google launched Stadia, Amazon seems like it’s doing the same thing for cloud gaming. The just-announced Amazon Luna service is entering a streaming games market that’s suddenly quite crowded, alongside Stadia, Microsoft’s Game Pass Ultimate and Sony’s PlayStation Now.

Luna has a controller, like Stadia. It has Alexa on it, like Stadia has Google Assistant. Luna has big publishers on tap, like Ubisoft. Luna has Amazon-owned Twitch as a connected video platform, like Stadia has Google-owned YouTube. And Luna is starting in early access, with a beta-like vibe that Stadia also had last year.

Cloud gaming services are popping up to compete for your

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Google’s New Chromecast Is Launching Without An Official Stadia App

The saga of Stadia, Google’s streaming game service that still hasn’t released in many regions around the world, keeps getting stranger. Google has just released a new Chromecast for TVs, and while it comes with over 6500 apps, Stadia isn’t one of them right now.

The Verge got their hands on the new Chromecast, which comes with Google TV, and found that there was no official Stadia app at launch. While they were able to get Stadia working through sideloading, it’s not an ideal solution, and it means that using Google’s service on this Google product at launch is inconvenient.

According to The Verge, the device will be updated to support Stadia officially in “the first half” of 2021. Stadia is officially supported by the Chromecast Ultra, which makes its lack of inclusion here especially confusing. The only way to get the Ultra now is through the Stadia Premiere Edition

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How Amazon’s Luna cloud gaming service compares to Stadia, xCloud, and GeForce Now

Amazon has just taken the wraps off its long-rumored Amazon Luna, meaning the company is officially jumping into the cloud gaming ring — one that has become increasingly crowded over the past year. Google launched Stadia last November, Nvidia’s GeForce Now left beta in February, and Microsoft’s cloud gaming offering (formerly known as xCloud) is included with a Game Pass Ultimate subscription as of September 15th, though it only works with Android right now.

The race is on to see which (if any) of those cloud gaming services takes off with customers, and each company is tackling cloud gaming in a slightly different way. If you’re trying to better understand each service, we’ve put together this guide for you.

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Amazon Luna

Amazon’s Luna offers all-you-can-play access to different selections of games as part of separate “channels” — which sounds almost like a cable service. But at launch, you

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Move over, Google Stadia. There’s a new cloud gaming service in town

Amazon is getting into gaming. During Amazon’s big device announcement event on Thursday, the internet giant unveiled Luna, its cloud-based video game streaming service for Fire TV , phones, tablets and computers that rivals Microsoft’s xCloud and Google’s Stadia.



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A “Luna Plus” subscription will cost $5.99 per month as part of an invite-only early access program. A controller designed for the service will also be sold, with “early access” pricing of $50, though gamers will also be able to use an Xbox One or PlayStation DualShock 4 controller, as well as a mouse and keyboard to play. 

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Running on Amazon’s AWS servers, games will stream at up to 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second at launch (with 4K support teased as “coming soon”), though a full list of

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Amazon Luna: Move over, Google Stadia. There’s a new cloud gaming service in town

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Amazon is getting into game streaming with Luna. 


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Amazon is getting into gaming. During Amazon’s big device announcement event on Thursday, the internet giant unveiled Luna, its cloud-based video game streaming service for Fire TV, phones, tablets and computers that rivals Microsoft’s xCloud and Google’s Stadia.

A “Luna Plus” subscription will cost $5.99 per month as part of an invite-only early access program. A controller designed for the service will also be sold, with “early access” pricing of $50, though gamers will also be able to use an Xbox One or PlayStation DualShock 4 controller, as well as a mouse and keyboard to play. 

Running on Amazon’s AWS servers, games will stream at up to 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second at launch (with 4K support teased as “coming soon”), though a full list of titles wasn’t immediately available. The company says that games available in the

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