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Microsoft Explains Why xCloud Won’t Be On iOS After Prematurely Ending Testing

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Update: Microsoft has provided a response to CNET outlining their position, and explaining that there’s currently no solution for bringing Project xCloud to iOS.

“Our testing period for the Project xCloud preview app for iOS has expired,” the statement reads. “Unfortunately, we do not have a path to bring our vision of cloud gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to gamers on iOS via the Apple App Store. Apple stands alone as the only general purpose platform to deny consumers from cloud gaming and game subscription services like Xbox Game Pass.”

The statement points out that non-gaming apps operate under different rules on Apple’s store. “We are committed to finding a path to bring cloud gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to the iOS platform,” it continues. “We believe that the customer should be at the heart of the gaming experience and gamers tell us they want to play, connect and share anywhere, no matter where they are. We agree.”

For now, at least, it seems that xCloud will be much easier to access for Android users.

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Earlier this week Microsoft confirmed that xCloud, its games streaming service that will be bundled with Xbox Games Pass Ultimate, will be launching in September on Android. Apple devices were completely omitted from the announcement, with their testing apps pulled from devices shortly afterwards.

Microsoft has chosen to prematurely end its iOS testing for xCloud ahead of the previously communicated September 11 date, when Android test users will migrate over to the officially launched product. In a statement to The Verge, Microsoft say its attention now is focused on a smooth launch across Android.

“Our Project xCloud preview TestFlight period has ended on iOS and we are focused on delivering cloud gaming as part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to Android customers beginning September 15,” said a Microsoft spokesperson. “It’s our ambition to scale cloud gaming through Xbox Game Pass available on all devices.”

The xCloud test on iOS was already much more limited than the one on Android. It was limited to 10 000 users and only featured Halo: The Master Chief Collection to play. TestFlight builds need to be periodically renewed and updated to stay live, which Microsoft seem to have put on pause for the meantime.

The issue isn’t necessarily with Microsoft, but may be with Apple instead. Apple has strict policies around remote network connections, with its rules stipulating that apps can only make such a connection to another local device on the same network. Therefore, Google Stadia still hasn’t launched a client on any Apple devices and could be the main hurdle Microsoft faces too.

Apple additionally restricts apps that connect to external storefronts, since it cannot control content and royalties on these transactions. This was the main issue Valve had when attempting to launch their Steam Link app on iOS, which eventually took a year to resolve. Considering Steam Link only connects to a computer you own, it circumvents the previous rules holding back Google and Microsoft.

Microsoft hasn’t directly stated which rules are preventing it to push forward with xCloud plans on Apple devices, but if Stadia is any indication it might not be an easy problem to resolve. Games Pass Ultimate subscribers will get xCloud support for free starting next month, with Microsoft announcing a portion of the 100 games you can expect on launch day. A variety of accessories from Razer, PowerA, and more have also been revealed.

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Seagate’s 1TB Game Drive for Xbox Series X, Series S costs $220

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Ever since Microsoft announced the details of that Velocity Drive storage architecture in its new Xbox Series family, we knew it wouldn’t be cheap to add some extra storage for your new console. Now Twitter deal-hunter Wario64 points out a Best Buy listing for Seagate’s 1TB expansion SSD, confirming earlier leaks with its $220 price.

While that compares well to speedy SSDs that use PCIe and usually cost around $200, it is worth considering whether you’re buying a $499 Xbox Series X or $299 Xbox Series S. According to Microsoft, while you can play older games and store newer ones on USB-connected drives, new-generation games have to be installed on either the internal SSD or one of the officially-licensed add-ons so they can maintain the performance while playing. If you’re buying a PS5, Sony’s Mark Cerny said in March that it will support “certified” M.2 NVMe SSDs that you can install internally, with a list of compatible hardware released “a bit past” the system’s launch.

At this price (and with no other sizes or manufacturers available so far) adding storage to the cheaper console costs two-thirds of the system’s price. If you’d like to have some extra space to install those launch-day games, then you can pre-order the 1TB Game Drive for Xbox Series X and Series S right now and have it ship on November 10th.

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Nintendo just surprised Switch owners by releasing ‘Kirby Fighters 2’

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Nintendo has officially launched a new Kirby brawler for the Switch that it never officially confirmed until now. Kirby Fighters 2 is now available as a digital download for $20, and as the trailer’s voiceover says, it’s a Kirby vs. Kirby vs. Kirby vs. Kirby affair. Nintendo accidentally revealed the title on the eShop earlier today before pulling it down prior to its official launch.

The game is a follow-up to the original Super Smash Bros.—style fighting spinoff that was part of the Kirby Triple Deluxe compilation for the 3DS released back in 2014. It lets you choose your fighter from a cast of the character’s most iconic copy abilities, including Sword, Beam, Artist and the brand-new Wrestler option.

You also have a couple of modes to choose from: a Single-Handed mode that challenges you to take out enemies as fast as you can and a Story mode where you can work with a friend or an AI to beat the game. If you want to play with more friends, you can either play local with up to four players who each have their own Switch or battle online. You can also just get matched randomly for online battles if you don’t know a lot of Kirby fans.

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‘Among Us’ developers cancel sequel plans, focus on their new/old smash hit

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Back in 2018, Innersloth released Among Us, a simple Mafia-style party game that requires teamwork from its players, but also tasks one of them as an imposter whose job is to undermine the group’s efforts. Until about August of this year it hadn’t attracted much attention, which is when the game suddenly exploded in popularity with Twitch players featuring it constantly and drawing more interest, as well as crossplay for iOS and Android that let people easily join in the games.

Just a month ago the developers announced Among Us 2, noting that “It’s been crazy to see how much more popular Among Us could be than we ever imagined.” Now, the folks at Innersloth have changed course again, as the strong support for their $5 game has pushed the developers to cancel the sequel “and instead put all our focus into improving Among Us 1.”

The good news for players is that all the content they’d planned for Among Us 2 will be released, but for the existing game. Right now, the team is focused on dealing with server issues, adding colorblind support, a proper friends/account system and a new stage.

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