Are you wondering why Apple App Store is still denying Microsoft xCloud? Wondering why Apple is still denying its users of experiencing console gaming on their iPhones and iPads? These are questions that have been circulating for weeks on social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook & Reddit.
There have been many answers or more specifically, opinions as to why Apple is still denying Microsoft’s xCloud… There has been the “App Approval” story, which mentions how approving console games would make it impossible to review the app, which makes no sense.
Then there are those on the other end of the spectrum who believe Apple is being unfair. Why? Apple approved Facebook’s gaming app but simply saying that, is an incomplete statement! Why? This year alone, Apple denied Facebook’s gaming app five (5) times before finally approving the app as long as Facebook remove their list of games from the app. This means, as a gamer, you wouldn’t be able to link onto Facebook’s network from the Facebook gaming iOS app to choose and purchase another game on Facebook’s page.
Could This Be Why Apple App Store Is Still Denying Microsoft xCloud?
Here’s the reason for bringing up Facebook and answering why Apple App Store is still denying Microsoft xCloud… Could it be APPLE IN-GAME TRANSACTIONS? Why would Apple want its users to go elsewhere to purchase games when they can purchase other games on the Apple App Store? Could it be that it may not be about users having a better App experience in Apple’s App Store, but about Apple keeping their users in-house?
As a gamer, console gaming is what I prefer over mobile app gaming. While mobile games like Age of Z Origin, Kingdomrush, 8 Ball Pool & Best Fiends are entertaining while waiting for my oil change, it is in no way, shape, or form a console game. The only thing that I have going on is my PS App, which connects me to my PS4 at home via Remote Play. All I gotta do is carry around my Steele Series Nimbus controller, which I happily do. Now, there is much to consider when playing console games over your device. For instance, is there a strong WiFi signal to play the console game flawlessly? And in the case of PS Remote Play, making sure the console is hard-wired helps with gaming experience.
On the subject of mobile app gaming, principals of addiction come up in many conversations and how gaming studios may be forced to structure their titles for in-game transactions in Apple’s App Store. Think Player Status for a minute… If you wanted to increase your status through console games, you put in the work and earn your stripes. Mobile app games on the other hand allow you to buy your stripes through Apple’s in-game transaction model, which makes Apple a ton of money!
So, if you’re wondering why Apple App Store is still denying Microsoft xCloud access, In-Game Transactions may be the reason.