Microsoft plans launching webapp Apple Xbox Game Pass avoiding App Store rules: "we'll be on iOS devices": Xbox CEO Phil Spencer has told his employees that he is clear that his Game Pass service will reach iPhone and iPad in 2021 thanks to "a direct browser-based solution".
"We're going to end up in iOS," Spencer told his employees, according to two people who heard him say. At the moment Microsoft has not said anything and Apple has not responded to their comments.
Last month, the American company added a feature to Game Pass, its Netflix-like video game service, which lets Android users enjoy the catalog through the cloud on a smartphone or tablet and without the need for a console.
Phil Spencer, who is committed to End Game Pass on Apple, said the company is exploring the possibility of offering the service through the browsers of these devices.
In addition, The Verge also reported that at that team meeting the Xbox CEO stated that the service will also reach Windows 10 next year.
Something similar to what Phil Spencer is looking for would be Luna, the new video game service from Amazon that offers this service for iPhone or iPad through a webapp. In an interview on Endgadget, George Tsipolitis, Luna's head of Engineering and Technology, explained that Amazon worked with Apple to make this functionality possible. Google, meanwhile, makes its service available in Chrome, but it's striking that it's not on Apple devices.
Microsoft plans launching webapp Apple Xbox Game Pass
A few months ago, Apple said that Game Pass or Stadia could offer its streaming service only if each game in the catalog had its own application to run.
Faced with these statements, Microsoft was quite clear stating that it would not be something feasible for Game Pass, since there are dozens of games: "unfortunately, we do not have a way to bring our vision of cloud games with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to players on iOS through the Apple App Store," a spokesman said in August.
Apple's decision not to allow such services on iOS was the subject of an investigation by the Congressional Antitrust Subcommittee into the potentially anti-competitive practices of large companies, including Apple.
Phil Shoemaker, former director of the App Store said that Apple does not allow such services because it competes directly with his, Apple Arcade.
This week an Apple keynote is expected for October 13 in which the future iPhone is expected to be shown.
Microsoft plans launching webapp Apple Xbox Game Pass
Why is it so difficult to put WiFi (which works) in the AVE and how other countries have managed to do so
At the gates of the liberalisation of the rail sector, the Spanish public operator will not only have to face the intense price competition promised by French and Italian rivals: it will also have to solve some of the outstanding issues in the quality of the service it currently provides. One of them is related to on-board connectivity.
In this sense, Renfe has been choking since 2016 with the stated goal of having free WiFi in all its AVE lines. This project, awarded in its technical part to Telefónica in 2015, has been half-completed, for being benevolent. In fact, to date there is only on-board internet network on a few lines and the service, although it has improved in recent months, still leaves much to be desired.
Everything seemed to portend a rapid and promising deployment project. And we could even say that cheaper than expected, since the award to Telefónica was tendered for 188 million and the total amount to which the Spanish teleco raised costs was 150 million euros.
But the cheap ends up being expensive.
PlayRenfe is as commercially named this solution," much more than WiFi " according to the rail operator. This project included the provision, installation and maintenance of a comprehensive WiFi system across the entire fleet of AVE trains as well as the deployment of a network to cover more than 1,600 kilometres of high-speed lines, including 75 tunnels and 540 LTE coverage sites on a combined and specific 800 and 1800 Mhz network combined with a satellite solution.
But the service was not deployed on all trains (it has only been implemented in some units on certain lines, with a Progressive Advance that also does not include for now all high-speed trains such as the Alvia or Avant) nor has it enjoyed the general acceptance of users.
So far, the playrenfe service required the registration of users in the loyalty program of the company in order to enjoy WiFi connectivity, at a clearly improved speed (in addition, not available unlimited but subject to additional costs to the ticket) and with serious cuts in coverage in the parts of the route that run between mountains or tunnels.
There is no doubt that providing good coverage in the difficult Spanish orography is not a simple mission, but the truth is that our country has mirrors in which to look outside our borders that have managed to overcome all the difficulties and offer good connectivity on board regardless of external constraints.
For example, Northern Ireland has free WiFi on both trains and stations. On the other hand our Welsh neighbors have installed high speed and unlimited WiFi in their 130 main stations with optimal functionalities that are of great help to the large amount of traffic they generate daily. It is ironic that here in Spain at the stations people have to pull the free WiFi offered by the facilities dedicated to catering.
But getting back on board trains, most of its intercity trains in the Netherlands have free Wi-Fi. The same goes for most of your stations.
One of the major differences between Spain and the rest of Europe that partly explains the difference in quality in the connectivity on board our trains is the approach used to get the internet connection.
While in Spain it is chosen to use preferably mobile networks such as 3G or 4G, in other countries have proven to be more efficient in this technological mission betting on satellite as a single route. The main difference with the system of mobile data (that uses the same phone antennas that are connected to our own smartphones) is that the train is equipped with a satellite dish on one of the wagons that makes the connection to the satellite, with the highest coverage —nearly universal, regardless of the terrain through which runs the railway line— that any alternative offered by the 'telco' traditional.
In fact, uninterrupted broadband WiFi on high-speed trains is already possible on certain European lines thanks to satellite technology developed by Hispasat. For example, this satellite model already operates on the European line connecting Paris to Cologne (via Brussels) and on the Italos of the NTV railway in Italy.