Now Apple has partially relied on it. The App Store guidelines have been updated to explicitly allow the choice of game passes and stadiums, but with a larger catch. Although the streaming service may have a central ‘catalog app’ for selecting games, streaming any title will require its own dedicated app to make your home screen a little more crowded.
The rationale for this is not entirely clear. After all, the Netflix app does not require an app for every movie, nor does Kindle create a new app for every book you buy. But the rules for the game are different, and each title will require an App Store listing, some basic functionality when downloaded, and a developer relationship with Apple. Each game downloaded will also require in-app purchases to “unlock features or functionality”.
Suffice it to say, Microsoft is not satisfied with this agreement. “It’s a bad experience for customers,” a Microsoft spokesperson told Tom’s guide. “Gamers want to jump into games directly from their curated catalog within an app, just as they do with movies or songs, and should not be forced to download more than 100 apps to play individual games from the cloud.
“We are committed to keeping gamers at the center of everything we do, and providing a great experience is key to that mission.”
It is not immediately clear whether this statement is merely agitating for more concessions, or an indication that Microsoft will decide which game pass is best for non-Apple devices. But Apple famously takes a 30% reduction (15% after the first year) of subscriptions withdrawn on its devices, making it likely that Microsoft is considering its options, even if it has publicly made one way or another. Have not committed.
This would be music to Samsung’s ears, which emphasized both the Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra support Xbox Game Pass. Not only does Samsung have streaming adaptations, but Game Pass has Samsung-exclusive content for customers. Pre-orders even came free with a three-month game pass, and there was a special gamer bundle with a controller grip.
For gamers tracking the iPhone 12, Samsung’s major rival may suddenly find something more attractive. And you would imagine that the company would not miss the opportunity to make the upcoming Galaxy S21 equally game friendly.
We’ll have to see if Apple and Microsoft can resolve their differences, but it doesn’t look good right now.