Apple Won’t Allow Game Streaming Apps On iPhone

It seems Apple has gone to war with the gaming industry as it recently refused to allow game streaming services from Microsoft, Google and Facebook to be released on its app stores. Microsoft’s Game Pass, Google’s Stadia, and Facebook’s Gaming apps are all facing major difficulties in launching their apps on ios devices due to Apple app store review policies.

Apple is quite infamous for its app store policies but this move takes it to a whole another level. However, this decision may cost Apple dearly as these apps are the future of the gaming industry. Not being able to play the best games that console and PC can offer on your iPhone while you watch your friend play them on his android phone can be a bit excruciating for many iPhone users.

The reason for all this is that these companies won’t submit each game for review that’s why Apple is blocking apps that provide access to these games. In their defense Apple’s has quite the strict reviewing policy which can take quite a while if considering the amount of games present on these platforms.

Facebook Gaming

It seems in order to get published Facebook Gaming was forced to remove one of its two major components, that is a library of playable mobile games. But in the end they were not happy with the outcome from this situation.

Facebook making fun of Apple

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg even shared quite some harsh comments on the matter with Business Insider.

“Unfortunately, we had to remove gameplay functionality entirely in order to get Apple’s approval on the standalone Facebook Gaming app — meaning iOS users have an inferior experience to those using Android,” Sandberg said in a statement. “We’re staying focused on building communities for the more than 380 million people who play games on Facebook every month — whether Apple allows it in a standalone app or not.”

Microsoft

Microsoft too had a similar stance on the matter as told by a Company spokesperson.

“Unfortunately, we do not have a path to bring our vision of cloud gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to gamers on iOS via the Apple App Store”. He further added, “Apple stands alone as the only general purpose platform to deny consumers from cloud gaming and game subscription services like Xbox Game Pass. And it consistently treats gaming apps differently, applying more lenient rules to non-gaming apps even when they include interactive content.”

It is quite clear that Apple’s app store policy is quite discriminatory when it comes to gaming apps as it doesn’t have the same review policy for non-gaming streaming apps like Netflix, Hotstar or Disney Plus. Nevertheless, it is quite unfortunate for iPhone users cause it is highly unlikely that these apps will ever be available on the app store.

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Is Cloud Gaming The Future Of Video Games?

Many hardcore gamers may already know what cloud gaming is but for the sake of the uninitiated, cloud gaming is just like Netflix but instead of streaming movies you stream games to your PC, laptop, mac or even your smartphone. Don’t have a gaming PC not to worry, imagine playing the game of your choice wherever you want, whenever you want and on whichever platform you want; it almost sounds to good to be true right, well cause it is.

In a huge market such as India where the gaming community is more interested in casual gaming and mobile games, this kind of a service is guaranteed to do well. Add on the fact that during this global pandemic the amount of people who are interested in gaming have gone through the roof due to many being locked up in their houses with nothing to do. But even with such great conditions and an untouched market, the service is still far from reach.

Despite many big companies such as Google, Xbox, Nvidia having their own streaming platforms, they are limited in providing their services to select countries. This is especially true in the case of India because even if there is enough infrastructure to run these services, it is still a huge undertaking to provide a service that will satisfy Indian users.

Another concern that this technology faces is its enormous data consumption. Meaning regardless of whichever service you end up using, the amount of data being used for streaming games is enough to completely exhaust your network plans and that is after you are lucky enough to have a stable connection. Even if you have an unlimited plan there is a limit to your data caps.


Microsoft’s Xcloud

There is a ray of hope as it seems Jio and Microsoft are working together to bring the latter’s cloud gaming service, Xcloud to India. Adding to that Xbox has recently announced that its bringing Xcloud to android and will be part of Xbox game pass at no additional cost. However, the service will only launch in selected countries but will still remain unavailable in India.

But we can expect the service to make its way to the country soon, possibly with the launch of Xbox’s new console Xbox series X. Microsoft still has a lot of announcements to share regarding in the coming months and it is very likely that the service will be made available by the end of 2020.


Nvidia’s GeForce Now

Although if you are still interested in trying out you can try and access Nvidia’s cloud gaming service. Even though it is still not available in India you can easily access it by using a VPN, and make sure to have a fast enough connection. Nvidia recommends at least a 15 Mbps Internet connection for gaming at 720p at 60 fps, and a minimum of 25 Mbps for gaming at 1080p at 60fps. It also recommends a wired connection or 5GHz Wi-Fi to minimize latency.

GeForce Now has the biggest library of games in terms of cloud gaming and if the service is made available in India it is bound to do well.


The Gaming Project

The Gaming Project is India’s first cloud gaming platform and provides a limited library of games to those who are interested. The biggest advantage the service has from its competitors is that it is relatively cheap and has its servers located right here in India. What this means is that the latency experienced by streaming games could be reduced even for users with slow internet connections. It also has another feature which is currently in Beta, that is if you own a game on Steam or Epic games you can access it through this service and stream it through Chrome on any PC.

In an interview with Hindustan Times Manan Mittal, co-founder of The Gaming Project said, “Since we started developing the project, we were aware of the network challenges we have to deal with. While India’s Internet infrastructure has greatly improved, it still needs massive investment in fibre technology to compete globally. Still knowing this, we worked on our technology in such a way that any user with a 4G connection can run a smooth gaming stream with no latency.”


Vortex

Vortex is another streaming platform that is available currently in India but it seems to be the only service on this list without a free trial. Vortex has a massive games library compared to many of its competitors but in terms of performance is rather mediocre. .


Conclusion

In its current state the service is not even remotely capable of handling the Indian market, not only cause of the lack of infrastructure but also cause of the current state of the service. Companies will have to bring about major improvements be it in terms of pricing, customer support, logistics or accessibility all before launching this service in India as its reception will determine its future in the country.

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What’s in XBOX future

Just recently XBOX had its July showcase which they promised would focus more on the software (games) rather than the hardware (new consoles). Previously, PlayStation also had a similar showcase where they knocked it out of the park by showcasing the graphical prowess of the PS5 and the sheer number of games coming to the new console but that wasn’t the case for XBOX.

During the showcase XBOX unveiled the gameplay footage of Halo: Infinite, their flagship title but fans were left rather disappointed due to its sub-par visuals. People were expecting to see the graphical prowess of the new console on full display but the demo was apparently being run on PC with XBOX Series X equivalent specs.

This all led to people taking to the internet, to post memes and criticism of the reveal leading many to be worried for the future of the console.

XBOX game pass

But there is a silver lining in all of this as XBOX also made sure to make it clear that its Game pass is still the ‘best deal’ in the entire gaming industry.

Previously, XBOX head executive Phil Spencer said that they are focusing more on adding to the XBOX eco system and that includes PC and consoles. This can be seen as more and more XBOX exclusive games are making their way to PC. Add in the future plans to include project Xcloud to XBOX Game pass, the subscription service becomes the best deal in the whole gaming industry. Getting day one access to 100+ games including Halo: Infinite which is good enough to be a launch title is too much of a good deal at such a low price.

XBOX is setting up a new standard here when it comes to serving the audience. Even though they don’t intend to make that much money by offering games from first party studios, this approach seems rather focused on getting more players invested in their XBOX eco system just like Netflix did with their audience.

This all comes in a time when companies around the world are more interested in shoving micro-transactions in games. Just recently, EA was running some tests to see that if they can run TV ads in games.

XBOX has much more to reveal as Phil Spencer has further teased that Microsoft may have backward compatibility details to share in August, which could point to another Xbox showcase.

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Xbox Game Pass for Console adds Frostpunk and Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet on January 9, Tekken 7 on January 16

Xbox Game Pass for Console will add Frostpunk: Console Edition and Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet on January 9, followed by Tekken 7 on January 16, Microsoft announced.

Xbox Game Pass is a subscription service that includes over 100 free games that can be downloaded and played on console or PC as long as you are subscribed to the service. Xbox Game Pass for console costs $9.99 a month, while Xbox Game Pass for PC costs $4.99 a month. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate includes both console and PC, as well as Xbox Live Gold for $44.99 quarterly. Xbox Game Pass for PC is available at $1 for the first month, and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is available at $1 for the first three months.

Here is an overview of each game, via Microsoft:

January 9

Frostpunk: Console Edition ([email protected]) – A society survival game where heat means life and every decision comes at a price. As the leader of the last civilized society on Earth, you’re tasked with building a city for your survivors to live in, discover new technologies, explore frozen wastelands and most importantly, manage and rule society to prepare it for life in an unforgiving world. Choices in this world aren’t as easy as they seem and holding power over people has a cost as heavy as the responsibility you feel in caring for them.

Frostpunk, the newest title from the creators of This War of Mine, is a society survival game where heat means life and every decision comes at a price. In an entirely frozen world, people develop steam-powered technology to oppose the overwhelming cold. You face the task of building the last city on Earth and securing the means necessary for your community to survive.

Optimization and resource management often clash with empathy and thoughtful decision-making. While city and society management will consume most of the ruler’s time, at some point exploration of the outside world is necessary to understand its history and present state.

What decisions will you make to ensure the survival of your society? What will you do when pushed to the limit? And who will you become in the process?

Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet – Dive into an original story where you are the protagonist in the virtual reality world of Gun Gale Online where you’ll encounter enemies and familiar faces from the “Sword Art Online” anime series. Develop your avatar as you see fit, master a wide array of weapons and skills, and learn to survive in your own personal warzone. You can also experience co-op and PvP using the weapons you find with your customized character.

Your fate has just begun…
Experience an original story where you are the protagonist in the world of Gun Gale Online. Create your own avatar and explore devastated lands while experiencing exciting third person shooting in this action RPG. Encounter enemies and run into new and familiar faces from the Sword Art Online series.
Journey through a world of guns where after a chance encounter you’ll gain the help of a very rare AI, ArFA-Sys.
Along the way, you will have to make choices.
But every choice comes with a price…
Will you bring hope or despair?
This is your adventure… This is your story…

January 16

Tekken 7 – The storied fighting franchise returns for another round in Tekken 7. With the faithful 3D battle system and gameplay intact, Tekken 7 takes the franchise to the next level with photo-realistic graphics and new and innovative features and fighting mechanics with the attitude, competitiveness, and showmanship rooted in its arcade DNA to provide the ultimate fighting game experience on Xbox.

Discover the epic conclusion of the Mishima clan and unravel the reasons behind each step of their ceaseless fight. Powered by Unreal Engine 4, TEKKEN 7 features stunning story-driven cinematic battles and intense duels that can be enjoyed with friends and rivals alike through innovative fight mechanics.

Love, Revenge, Pride. Everyone has a reason to fight. Values are what define us and make us human, regardless of our strengths and weaknesses. There are no wrong motivations, just the path we choose to take.

Expand your fighter’s journey by purchasing the Tekken 7 Season Pass separately and gain access to stunning additional content

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Xbox Game Pass Adds GTA V

Grand Theft Auto V is now available with Xbox Game Pass for console, Microsoft announced.

Users with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Xbox Live Gold will also have access to Grand Theft Auto Online.

Xbox Game Pass is a subscription service that includes over 100 free games that can be downloaded and played on console or PC as long as you are subscribed to the service. Xbox Game Pass for console costs $9.99 a month, while Xbox Game Pass for PC costs $4.99 a month. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate includes both console and PC, as well as Xbox Live Gold for $44.99 quarterly. Xbox Game Pass for PC is available at $1 for the first month, and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is available at $1 for the first three months.

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Obsidian and Microsoft Announce Survival Game “Grounded”

During X019 in London, Xbox Game Studios and Obsidian Entertainment today announced Grounded, a new first-person, co-op survival game coming Spring 2020 to Xbox One digitally through Xbox Game Preview and with Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft Store, and on Steam. Grounded will be the first Xbox Game Preview title available with Xbox Game Pass.

In Grounded, players are shrunken to the size of an ant and tasked with surviving in the unique micro-world of a suburban backyard. Players must gather, craft and build bases with everyday objects found within the yard, searching for life-saving resources and living alongside giant, peaceful insects while fighting to survive massive hostile inhabitants.

Grounded provides a mix of environmental and narrative driven story telling. Set in a versatile, handcrafted sandbox structure it allows players to create their own experience from the ground up. Tasks that may seem approachable when human-sized become a challenge in this dangerous backyard landscape. This familiar yet fantastical world can be navigated solo or in four-person co-operative multiplayer, where players work together to complete missions or explore the intricately detailed world.

Created by a small development team, one of many working on new projects in the studio, Grounded is a true passion project. This title has given the team the creative outlet to bring their years of developing highly regarded games to bear on the survival genre. RPGs like The Outer Worlds will always be in Obsidian’s DNA, but from time to time we want to stretch our creative muscles and try things that might be a little different.

Microsoft has been a fantastic partner for Grounded which was in development long before the acquisition last year. We’re fortunate to be given the freedom to continue flexing our creative muscles and develop the games we want to make.

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Xbox Game Pass Adds Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Resident Evil 4, And More

Xbox Game Pass is adding even more games to their already robust line-up this month. It’s got some really fantastic games which include Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, The Banner Saga 3, Resident Evil 4 and more.

Night Call | 17th July (Xbox Game Pass PC, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate)

A corrupt detective plans to pin a series of murders on you unless you can aid the investigation. As a cab driver working the Paris night shift, pick up passengers, listen to their emotion-fueled stories, and gather clues to solve the mystery in three unique cases.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain | 18th July  (Xbox Game Pass for Console, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate)

A first-rate gaming experience as players are offered tactical freedom to carry out open-world missions as the iconic Snake (a.k.a. Big Boss) in the latest entry of the long-running Metal Gear series.

The Banner Saga 3 | 18th July  (Xbox Game Pass for Console, Xbox Game Pass for PC, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate)

The final dramatic chapter in this critically acclaimed Viking RPG series. As the world continues to crumble around you, how will you protect your allies and what choices will you make as the Darkness draws near?

Resident Evil 4 | 25th July (Xbox Game Pass for Console, Xbox Game Pass PC, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate)

None before you have returned from their journey; can you put an end to the Chaos? A strategic RPG that blends tabletop and roguelike elements in a challenging adventure in either single-player or online and local co-op.

Killer Instinct DE | 25th July(Xbox Game Pass for Console, Xbox Game Pass for PC, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate)

Play the legendary fighting game with stunning 60fps visuals, over-the-top action, a wild cast of combatants, rocking reactive music, and c-c-c-combo breakers! Includes all 26 characters from Seasons 1-3.

For The King | 25th July(Xbox Game Pass for Console, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate)

The survival horror masterpiece comes to Xbox One in 1080p HD with an improved frame rate, a thrilling storyline, and that classic third-person action gameplay you’ve come to love from the long-running Resident Evil series.

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Shadow of War and More Games added to Xbox Game Pass

The Xbox Game Pass is already great value for money but it’s getting more and more impressive as the days go on. Today they announced that a bunch of games would be added to Xbox Game Pass starting today. Here’s the list of new games.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War – 4th July  -Xbox| PC

My Time at Portia – 4th July  -Xbox| PC

Undertale – 4th July -PC

Blazing Chrome – 11th July​  -Xbox| PC

Dead Rising 4 – 11th July -Xbox| PC

LEGO City Undercover – 11th July- Xbox

Timespinner – 11th July- PC

Unavowed – 11th July- PC

There’s a lot of great games here like Shadow of War, Undertale and Dead Rising 4.

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AMD offering 3 Months of Xbox Game Pass for PC with Ryzen CPUs, Radeon GPUs

At E3 2019, AMD announced that they would be offering 3 Months of Xbox Game Pass with the Ryzen 3000 series of CPUs and with the Navi RX 5700 GPUs. This offer is now live and features more than just those products.

The 3 months game pass is now being offered to those who buy any of the 15 of AMD’s products that are currently being sold. These range from the current 2nd Gen Ryzen CPUs to the Rx 500 and up series. The listed Products are as follow:

Radeon

Ryzen

The Game Pass can be redeemed at any time so if you don’t want to use it right after you buy the product and want to wait until The Master Chief Collection starts rolling out or till Gears 5, you can do that.

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Xbox Game Pass Adds 4 New Games This Week

Xbox Game Pass has been gaining more traction ever since they announced Xbox Game Pass for PC and the Ultimate Xbox Games Pass. Especially since the Master Chief Collection is coming to the Xbox Game Pass that too on the day it launches.


Recently, Xbox announced that they are adding four more new games to Xbox Game Pass, some of which are exclusive to the Xbox while some are for both. The new games that are being added are as follows:

  • Resident Evil: Revelations – 6/20 [XBOX]
  • Rare Replay – 6/20 [XBOX]
  • Torment: Tides of Numenera – 6/27 [PC]
  • Goat Simulator – 6/27 [XBOX and PC]

Rare Replay is an absolutely amazing collection to make its way to the Game Pass and we wish it would make its way to PC someday too. Besides that, Goat Simulator is now on Game Pass and we can’t recommend this game enough because of how silly, random and non-committal the game is. Just drop in, do random objectives and explore the world and leave when you feel like.

Xbox Game Pass has already added a bunch of new and great games like Metro Exodus which you can now play on the Xbox app instead of buying it on the Epic Games Store if you’re trying to avoid that storefront.

If you do have Game Pass though, there’s a lot of games to try out without worrying about buying them and refunding them if you don’t like them. Goat Simulator is one of them, a game that’s a hit or a miss for people but is chock full of content.

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