What you need to know
- Xbox head Phil Spencer sat down on the Decoder podcast to talk about the new Xbox launch.
- The conversation also landed on Xbox's relationship with Apple and its App Store rules.
Reported by The Verge, Microsoft's Phil Spencer sat down with Nilay Patel on the Decoder podcast to have a wide-ranging discussion around the launch of the new Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles as well as the future of gaming. During the interview, the conversation landed on xCloud, Xbox's game streaming service, and its current predicament of not being offered on Apple's App Store.
Patel asked Spencer about Xbox's relationship with Apple, if they are still trying to get xCloud on the App Store, or just plan to bypass the store altogether and offer the service exclusively in the browser. Spencer said that Apple is still open to bringing its service to the App Store, but the browser remains the only option currently.
Spencer went on to say that they're open to working with Apple on some of the current roadblocks, like offering its own storefront within the xCloud app and ensuring user privacy.
Patel also asked Spencer if he believes that Apple and Google's stance of equating their own app stores to Xbox and Playstation seemed fair. Spencer said that he doesn't believe that to be a fair comparison based on scale and the purpose of those devices.
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