Apple considered launching a cloud gaming service like Google Stadia

A cloud gaming service alongside Apple Arcade was under discussion, writes Mark Gurman

Apple considered launching its own cloud gaming service along with Apple Arcade, revealed journalist Mark Gurman’s PowerOn newsletter in Bloomberg. Mark Gurman was asked whether Apple was working on a cloud gaming service to which he responded that Apple thought about it, but hasn’t gone through with the project.

Apple’s attitude towards cloud gaming

In the past, Apple themselves have been against cloud gaming services. But recently, they have allowed cloud gaming applications as long as they follow Apple’s guidelines. These games will also be treated as normal games, similar to those available on Apple Arcade. Game updates must be submitted for review, developers must provide appropriate meta for search, and games must use in-app purchases to unlock features and functionality.

Apple cloud gaming service
Apple Arcade (Image via Apple)

To get around these guidelines, the same services use the Safari browser. These guidelines will also apply to Apple’s cloud gaming service if it finally gets released. Gurman has stated that the company has discussed the prospects of launching such services, so there is a possibility of Apple introducing a cloud gaming service alongside Apple Arcade. This means that if launched, mobile gamers will be able to enjoy some great PC titles.

More about Apple Arcade

Apple Arcade is a video game subscription service offered by Apple Inc. It is available through a dedicated tab of the App Store on devices running iOS 13, tvOS 13, iPadOS 13, and macOS Catalina or later. The service launched on September 19, 2019. Apple Arcade is not a cloud gaming service unlike Google Stadia, which has just recently introduced the phone link feature, or Nvidia Geforce Now. It is instead a game subscription service where the game is rendered through the device, unlike cloud gaming which does so on the cloud.

Cloud Gaming on mobile devices 

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Stadia, Google’s cloud gaming service (Image via Google Stadia)

Cloud gaming has garnered huge attention recently. Companies like Microsoft, Google, and Nvidia have their own cloud gaming services. These services provide a way to play games with high graphics by rendering the game via the cloud and streaming the game’s video feed to the player’s device.

Cloud gaming does not require a high-end device since the rendering is done by the cloud. The only requirement for cloud gaming is a good internet connection to stream the game. This technology can bring PC titles to mobile devices. Any mobile with a good internet connection can play any PC game. These services also provide touch controls and controller support for mobile devices to play PC games.

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