Microsoft’s Apple workaround: How Xbox could bring Project xCloud to iOS via the web in 2021

Project xCloud, as shown at the Xbox E3 Showcase in the Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live, Sunday, June 9, 2019 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Casey Rodgers/Invision for Xbox/AP Images)

Microsoft is working on a browser-based edition of its cloud gaming service Project xCloud, according to multiple reports. Business Insider reported that Xbox chief Phil Spencer told Microsoft employees at a meeting Wednesday that the company will pursue a “direct browser-based solution” for bringing the cloud-based, multi-platform version of its Xbox Game Pass subscription service to Apple’s family of devices. The Verge cites unnamed sources confirming the plans.

This news comes almost a month after Apple launched a new set of rules for its App Store in September. It would have allowed Microsoft to officially bring an xCloud app to iOS, but only if each game on the service was submitted to Apple as a separate playable app. As there

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Microsoft reportedly planning app for Xbox Game Pass to get around Apple rules

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An app may soon allow iPad and iPhone users to access Xbox Game Pass.


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Microsoft is developing an iOS app to bring Game Pass to the iPad and iPhone, circumventing Apple App Store rules, Business Insider reported Thursday.

“We absolutely will end up on iOS,” Microsoft gaming boss Phil Spencer told employees at an all-hands meeting Wednesday, according to Business Insider.

Microsoft announced in August that its Project xCloud video game service would be released September for free to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers. The service gives people access to more than 100 games on the Xbox or PC, as well as its Xbox Live gaming social network.

Microsoft said at the time that devices powered by Google’s Android operating system would be supported but said Apple was blocking its

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Microsoft Reportedly Bringing Xbox Game Pass To iOS As Browser App

Microsoft’s gaming boss Phil Spencer told employees that the company is planning to bring Xbox Game Pass streaming to Apple’s iPad and iPhone devices using a “direct browser-based solution,” according to a Business Insider report.

“We absolutely will end up on iOS,” Spencer reportedly told employees this week. According to The Verge, Spencer also mentioned bringing this browser solution to Windows 10 PCs next year.

Microsoft’s game-streaming portion of Xbox Game Pass has so far only been available on Android as Apple at first blocked it and similar services such as Google Stadia, but then agreed to allow those apps onto its iOS devices provided that there were separate apps for each game. Apple also required that each game be submitted individually so that it would comply with the company’s 30% profit-splitting policy.

Microsoft declined to participate, calling the solution a “bad experience for customers” as it wanted all of

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Don’t tell your kids that they can play Xbox games on their Chromebooks

Right now, the most comfortable, convenient way to take advantage of Microsoft’s new Xbox cloud gaming is on…a Chromebook?!

On September 15, Microsoft formally unveiled cloud gaming for Android phones and tablets, in the form of an add-on to its Xbox Game Pass app. Cloud gaming, formerly known as Project xCloud, had been in trials for months, designed as on-the-go option for gamers to squeeze in a bit of Sea of Thieves during downtime waiting for a bus or plane. 

Part of the appeal of Xbox cloud gaming was its convenience. Another was the fact that cloud gaming runs remotely on Microsoft’s servers, allowing the relatively anemic CPUs found within phones and tablets to run a powerful, top-tier game. But wait—we’re in the middle of a pandemic, and many of us are stuck at home. Why squint at a tiny phone when a PC and its large display could be

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Top New Video Game Releases On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Week — October 4-10, 2020

This week’s episode of New Releases revolves around early access: Baldur’s Gate III is debuting as a work-in-progress, while Foregone is getting its full release. The indie crowd can also check out I Am Dead, while the sports and racing fans can dig into FIFA 21 and Ride 4, respectively. Here are some of the hottest games launching this week!

Foregone — October 5

Available on: PC

It might look like Dead Cells, but this action game features hand-crafted levels, not randomly generated ones. As you explore, you’ll get better and better loot, helping you take down the game’s many enemies and big bosses. Foregone is leaving early access this week for a full release on PC, with console versions arriving on the 13th.

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Baldur’s Gate III — October 6

Available on: PC, Stadia



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It’s been 20 years since Baldur’s

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Microsoft digs at Apple with 10 principles for app store fairness, but they won’t apply to Xbox

Microsoft published and committed to following a list of 10 principles in its treatment of third-party apps on Windows, capitalizing on the ongoing backlash against Apple over the iPhone maker’s revenue sharing policies and restrictions on cloud streaming services in the iOS App Store.

The commitments include giving developers “the freedom to choose whether to distribute their apps for Windows through our app store,” and promising to allow competing app stores on Windows. In addition, Microsoft said in the post that it “will not block an app from Windows based on a developer’s business model or how it delivers content and services, including whether content is installed on a device or streamed from the cloud.”

The principles, published Thursday morning by Rima Alaily, Microsoft deputy general counsel, largely restate Microsoft’s existing practices. The company says it’s building on the ideas of the Coalition for App Fairness, which includes Epic Games,

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Best Gaming Headset Of 2020: PS4, PC, Switch, And Xbox One

Sound is one of the most important and underrated aspects of a good gaming experience, which makes a good gaming headphone recommendation crucial. You should treat a good pair of ear pads right, as the best gaming headset picks can be expensive, but worth it. The gaming headset is one of the most important accessories you can buy, right up there with a gaming mouse and gaming keyboard. Thankfully, there are a lot of different options out there, whether you’re looking for surround sound, noise isolation, an excellent mic, or just plain-and-simple great sound quality matched a comfortable ear cup build. And it doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a wired or wireless gaming headset because there are fantastic options for both from a lot of different companies.

Some of the best headset makers out there include HyperX, Sennheiser, and Turtle Beach, but there are a number of other manufacturers

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Xbox Boss Says Game Pass Streaming Planned For PC And Consoles, Too

Xbox Game Pass games can now be streamed through mobile devices thanks to xCloud, making it much easier than ever before to play The Master Chief Collection on the toilet. But this is just the start of Microsoft’s plans for streaming, and Xbox boss Phil Spencer has indicated in a tweet that streaming will make its way to Game Pass on Xbox and PC, too.

Replying to a tweet asking directly whether Game Pass on console and PC would allow for streaming at some point–allowing users to demo a game before committing to a download–Spencer responded saying that they have a plan in the works for this. “It’s in the long list of cool things the xCloud team is working on, just a bit further down the list,” he said.

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Should You Upgrade Your PC With The RTX 3080 Or Buy A New PS5 Or Xbox Series X?

As we (Tirias Research) and countless other tech review sites have reported, having new consumer graphics cards based on NVIDIA’s new Ampere GPU are a major performance boost for gaming and creative PCs. However, when you combine this with price points starting at just $499 (for the GeForce RTX 3070), a critical mass of major game titles supporting Nvidia’s ray tracing technology, the growth of esports, and a COVID-19 epidemic that is increasing consumer PC use, you have a major market inflection point. This inflection point combines new technology, increased performance and functionality, and new price points that is sure to drive demand for high performance PCs and high-performance graphics.

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Simultaneously, game consoles are receiving a generational upgrade that is at similar price points to previous generations

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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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