Back in November of last year, Netflix officially launched Netflix Games. The company saw it as another way to draw in more eyeballs and interactions, all with a gaming slant. Now, it turns out that not a lot of subscribers are actually taking advantage of their subscription perk.
The endless runner category of games is pretty popular on mobile devices. Jetpack Joyride, which launched all the way back in 2011, is one of the most popular titles out there. And for fans of the game, and who also happen to subscribe to Apple Arcade, there's good news. A sequel is finally coming.
The iPhone supports controllers for playing a range of games, both from Apple Arcade and the App Store. Which also means it supports controller attachment accessories, too, like the one Backbone makes. And now, for fans of Sony's PlayStation brand, there's a brand new option.
Apple hasn't always had a focus on gaming over the years, but that's changing. Thanks to the popularity of the Mac in general, but also the switch to Apple silicon. So, there's a new focus on gaming moving forward.
Gamevice has been offering a gaming controller attachment for the iPhone for quite some time. And for many Android-based devices, too. But, one thing that has been missing is a game controller for the iPad lineup. But that changes, with the company officially unveiling a brand new gaming controller attachment that will fit several different iPad models across Apple's range of tablets.
At one point in the past, Microsoft was putting a lot of the company's eggs on a future focused almost entirely on streaming entertainment. So much so that one of its previous video game consoles, the Xbox One, was practically kneecapped right out of the gate because of Microsoft's vision for the future. Things didn't pan out that way, though, and now, with the Xbox Series S and Series X, Microsoft's back on track. But that doesn't mean the company has given up on that particular dream.
Electronic Arts is not a small company by any means. However, it appears the higher-ups are looking to take things in a slightly different way than how they are going right now. Namely, a potential merger situation, where another --even bigger-- company acquires EA.
Way, way back in April of last year we heard that Respawn Entertainment and EA had aspirations to bring its ridiculously popular battle royale game, Apex Legends, to mobile platforms at some point in the future. And, after a lengthy wait, we finally know when the game's going to launch. And it's soon!
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.