Friday, January 26, 2024

Streaming Games in a Single App


Available for developers’ apps around the world, Apple also announced new options for streaming games[…]

Apple (MacRumors):

Apple is introducing new options for how apps globally can deliver in-app experiences to users, including streaming games and mini-programs. Developers can now submit a single app with the capability to stream all of the games offered in their catalog.

Apps will also be able to provide enhanced discovery opportunities for streaming games, mini-apps, mini-games, chatbots, and plug-ins that are found within their apps.


The changes Apple is announcing reflect feedback from Apple’s developer community[…]

They are implying that this is not due to the DMA.

Benjamin Mayo:

Previously, Apple required developers submit a separate app for each game individually, a laborious and untenable affair.

Unlike most of the other changes introduced today which apply only in the European Union, the game streaming policy update applies globally.


Update (2024-02-20): Juli Clover:

Microsoft does not plan to bring an Xbox Cloud Gaming app to iOS at this time because there’s no opportunity for monetization, Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer said in an interview with The Verge. When asked whether Apple’s recent app ecosystem changes in the European Union make “room” for Xbox Cloud Gaming on iOS, Spencer said that monetization was an issue, and that the Digital Markets Act forcing Apple’s updates does not “go far enough to open up competition.”


Update (2024-04-24): Khaos Tian:

What’s wrong with Apple and cloud gaming services 🙃

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This is because Apple desperately need someone to make games for their facemask.

The old policy certainly impacted many of the videogame streaming services. I wonder if without it more would be around nowadays.

Seems something they did to appease Microsoft. After the DMA changes developers like Spotify aren't happy. They don't need Microsoft too lobbying against them in the EU.

I don't think streaming games would work that well with the Vision. At least if they are doing VR, as VR is pretty sensitive to the latency you get streaming. I guess a basic 2D version of games would work although why you'd want to do that I don't know.

I agree. But apple still need to cozy up to the gaming industry after years of asshattery.

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