Microsoft’s xCloud game streaming arrives on iOS with some Apple restrictions

| February 12, 2020

article image
Microsoft is expanding its Project xCloud service to the iPhone today. The software giant is launching a beta of xCloud through Apple’s TestFlight service, allowing xCloud testers to try the service on an iPhone or iPad. It’s the first time we’ve seen a cloud game streaming service appear on iOS since the days of OnLive — and OnLive’s iOS app wound up in limbo when Apple didn’t approve it. Google’s Stadia and Nvidia’s GeForce Now are still not available on Apple’s devices, either, and neither company has been able to tell us when that might change.

Spotlight

ES Broadcast

At ES Broadcast, we specialise in providing professional services to the broadcast industry, including broadcast equipment sales, broadcast systems integration, broadcast equipment hire, facility decommissioning and outside broadcast vehicle sales.Our team is made up of experts boasting a vast range of broadcast industry experience and knowledge, while our product portfolio includes more than 100 leading manufacturers.

OTHER ARTICLES

Google Stadia vs. GeForce Now vs. PlayStation Now vs. Project xCloud: Who will win cloud gaming?

Article | March 1, 2020

The very future of gaming could be decided by which service wins the battle between Google Stadia vs. GeForce Now vs. PlayStation Now vs. Project xCloud. Every 15 years or so, the games industry goes through a big shift in how it delivers its titles. Cartridges gave way to discs, which gave way to digital downloads. Now, the industry stands ready to change once again with the advent of cloud gaming services. This is not a theoretical vision of the future: This is happening right now. Services like Google Stadia and Nvidia GeForce Now provide instantaneous streams of big-budget games — no expensive console or cumbersome PC required.

Read More

Facebook Continues Virtual-Reality Gaming Push With New Acquisition

Article | February 26, 2020

Facebook's Oculus division announced on Tuesday that it acquired Sanzaru Games, a video game company known for working on titles in the Sly Cooper and Spyro the Dragon franchises. Sanzaru also has experience developing virtual-reality (VR) games, having released titles exclusively for Facebook's Oculus platform including VR Sports Challenge and Ripcoil in 2016 and Asgard's Wrath in 2019. Sanzaru was the first developer to partner with Oculus in making games, so it's not surprising to see it become part of the broader Facebook family. Facebook hinted that it would buy additional VR development companies when it acquired Beat Games in November, and additional acquisitions could follow soon after the Sanzaru deal.

Read More

Video Game Streaming Surges in Popularity Due to Coronavirus Lockdown

Article | March 23, 2020

The global COVID-19 pandemic is brutalizing retailers and straining the world's healthcare systems. But it's proven to be a boon for one sliver of the video gaming industry. Interest in watching other people play video games has soared, boosted by a conspicuous lack of professional sporting events. Yes, that's esports -- professional video game playing -- but not just esports. Bored, stuck-at-home consumers have increasingly embraced the idea of just watching other gamers play non-tournament matches as well.

Read More

Why Entertainment Stocks Soared by Double Digits Tuesday

Article | April 7, 2020

If that does happen, Cinemark and AMC Entertainment might reopen their theaters for the traditional blockbuster summer movie season. AMC CEO Adam Aron hopes customers can return by mid-June, and analysts at B. Riley even upgraded Cinemark to a buy and noted the company should be able to "control cash flow and get through this shutdown period without any adverse liquidity events."

Read More

Spotlight

ES Broadcast

At ES Broadcast, we specialise in providing professional services to the broadcast industry, including broadcast equipment sales, broadcast systems integration, broadcast equipment hire, facility decommissioning and outside broadcast vehicle sales.Our team is made up of experts boasting a vast range of broadcast industry experience and knowledge, while our product portfolio includes more than 100 leading manufacturers.

Events