Epic Games vs. Apple: Files Suggest Xbox Hasn’t Ruled Out Bringing Its Services to PlayStation and Nintendo

Published 05/05/2021, 1:22 PM EDT


The legal battle between Epic Games and Apple has just started, and it’s poised to be a major turning point in the gaming industry. The two companies are pioneers in their respective fields, and the case has major implications in the mobile gaming market. It may very well even affect console manufacturers like Xbox and PlayStation and developers like Ubisoft and EA.

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While the case may go one way or the other, the internal information coming from it has also raised a lot of eyebrows. One of the documents filed for it includes e-mails from Epic Games CEO, Todd Sweeney to Xbox Chief Phil Spencer. These e-mails clearly showcase the popular console manufacturer’s interest to bring Project xCloud to PlayStation and Nintendo devices.

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Xbox wants to bring Project xCloud to Nintendo and PlayStation

The conversations between them showcase the Microsoft-owned brand’s initiative to bring their services to other devices. So far, the service has allowed players on PC, Android, and even iOS to play Xbox games with the help of cloud gaming. But with devices like Nintendo Switch and the PS5, Cloud gaming would become accessible to everyone.

These conversations were noticed by ResetEra in the documents filed by the company. The email sent on August 2020 shed light on the situation after Sweeney talked about Phil’s wishes to bring xCloud on other consoles.

“I did want to just let you know that I have your point on xCloud on other consoles (haven’t given up)”

No Live Gold for free multiplayer games?

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Other than that, Sweeney also talked about removing subscription requirements for free multiplayer games. Fans who want to play multiplayer on the console need Xbox Live Gold. Currently, most popular games are free. These include Fortnite, Warzone, and many more. Making this service free could drastically increase the player base for these titles.

It’s interesting to see that Phil Spencer and his company want to bring these services to other devices. They have constantly said that they haven’t thought about doing it, but these conversations clearly suggest that they might want to control that market.

It hasn’t even been that long since the court battle started, and these leaked documents are already breaking the industry. Recently, some files even showed leaked potential skins for superstars like Ariana Grande, LeBron James, and many more. But this doesn’t seem to be the end, and players can expect more bombs to drop soon.

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Rupesh Nair

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Rupesh is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. Currently a student at Mumbai University, he has been involved with eSports since his childhood. Having played titles like Fallout 4, Minecraft, FIFA, Portal 2 and Halo 4 extensively, Rupesh has a deep understanding of the sport.

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