The App Store is a lucrative business. Not just for Apple, though. For the thousands of developers who host apps in the digital storefront, it can mean big earnings, too. If anything, it's just a way to get your name, company, app, or game out there in front of a lot of eyeballs. So of course Microsoft would very much want to make sure it's accessing every available avenue towards the digital storefront.
If you're looking for a smooth gameplay experience, then having access to fast refresh rates is one way to achieve that. While not everyone might be able to tell the difference, for those who can there is a considerable improvement when jumping up to 60fps from 30fps. But, for iPhone users, that hasn't always been a possibility.
Remember back in March of this year, when video game developer Psyonix made some waves when they announced a brand new car soccer (football) experience for mobile? That was some good news, especially for fans of the original Rocket League they've been playing on PC and consoles for years. Unfortunately, we didn't know when, exactly, the game would launch. But, surprise! It's here now.
Apple Arcade is home to over 200 games right now. It's a rotating library, but, even so, there is a lot of content to choose from on a subscription service that retails for $4.99 per month. What's more, Apple and game developers keep working out deals to keep adding new titles. For instance, a brand new brawler with your favorite Disney characters.
It has been a week since Netflix Games officially launched. This new feature baked right not the Netflix streaming service allows subscribers to access a handful of mobile games right on their devices. At first, the service was only available on Android devices. However, it didn't take long before Netflix confirmed iOS support was in the works.
Back in July of this year, it was confirmed that Netflix had its eye set on jumping into the video game market. The company was making some hiring moves to justify the additional attention, and then, sure enough, before the end of that same month it confirmed that it would be supporting mobile games as part of a Netflix user's monthly subscription.
Technically speaking, after plenty of attention and pressure put on Apple, the company does allow for cloud-based streaming services to be used on its devices. However, it's not via the App Store, and it's not with an app via the App Store. Instead, services like Microsoft's Xbox Cloud Gaming, Google's Stadia, and Amazon's Luna are accessible via Safari. But it sounds like Apple's considered something else for its own service.
It has been a few months since the trial between Epic Games and Apple wound down. Now, the judge leading the trial has made an initial ruling. And it's a big win for Epic (and Fortnite).
Judge Yvonne Gonzalez-Rogers has filed a permanent injunction against Apple, with the ruling arriving early on Friday morning. This applies some major pressure to Apple, and it's a giant setback for Apple's App Store rules moving forward.
Microsoft is testing a new version of the software powering its older Xbox controllers on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, Windows 10, Android and other platforms.
Despite the fact Apple Arcade now has over 200 games in its library, there's still room for more. One of the biggest boons to the monthly subscription service was the adoption of classic titles. Or just reimagined versions of mega-popular games like Angry Birds and others. And now the ridiculously popular hopping game Crossy Road is getting the "+" treatment with a reimagined title heading to Apple's gaming service.
Netflix has begun limited testing of mobile gaming with two “Stranger Things” titles available right now through the Android app and iOS expansion following at a later stage.
The Apple Arcade has grown quite a bit since its initial launch, with the library of titles slowly expanding on a semi-regular basis. Apple now offers more than 200 games in the roster at this point, and it doesn't appear that the company is going to slow down anytime soon. And today sees one more joining the list.