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Xbox Develops Browser-Based Solution For App Store Restrictions

| 26 days ago


2020 proved to be a substantial year for Xbox.

In mid-September, the Microsoft created and owned company decided to halt their launch of the Xbox games streaming service, entitled "Project xCloud" because of restrictions placed by the Apple App Store.

What Are The Restrictions?

The specific guidelines that caused the postponement were the App Store's ban on services that rely on streaming games from the cloud. Thus, causing XBox to pull the plug momentarily.

Phil Spencer, Microsoft's Executive Vice President of Gaming, recently spoke to a publication about XBox's approach to App Store fees, Apple Arcade, and game streaming on iOS via Safari.

Apple Arcade Vs. Xbox Game Pass

Apple Arcade is Apple's version of a video game subscription service launched in September of 2019 and is just a little over a year old.

Xbox seems to have returned with a workaround to the ban by developing a browser-based solution. Spencer states that this type of solution will be much simpler in the long-term than having an independent app and will ultimately offer a larger span of access with more devices being able to connect.

While Spencer disagrees with Apple's restrictions, he claims to understand somewhat their point of view in that being Apple Arcade is a competitive product that sees a match in Xbox Game Pass.

Logically, Apple wants Apple Arcade to remain the only game content subscription available on their phones.

The User Wins?

Moreover, the relationship between Microsoft and Apple appears to be on understanding terms. Spencer claims that Apple remains open to the overall gaming experience Xbox aims to bring its customers.

Both Apple Arcade and Xbox Game Pass prioritize the user's hours, as opposed to catalog size.

From the looks of it, it appears that the user will ultimately benefit from the workaround XBox has undertaken to appease Apple's restrictions.

Xbox is still hard at work on their newly browser-based version of Game Pass and has also added device-to-device streaming between an Xbox to iOS devices via Wi-Fi.

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System Covered

iOS 14
Release Date:
September 2020


The iOS 14 released with a variety of new features, including new widget design, a new built-in translate app, sleep tracking in Health App and more. These are designed to make your iOS experience cleaner yet cooler with its upgrades. iOS 14 truly separates the old-generation of iPhones from the new.

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