The lawsuit between Epic Games and Apple is not only giving us a clash between two of the most influential companies of our time, but also numerous backstories involving other realities.
We thus learned of a version of Rocket League for PS5 and Xbox Series X, as well as discussions between Epic and Sony regarding cross-play. A new batch of information is emerging during Tim Sweeney’s testimony, still ongoing as we write to you. Among many things, it emerged an email exchange between the founder of Epic Games and Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox.
In the conversation, dating back to August 2020, Sweeney suggested that Spencer make Xbox Live Gold access free in view of Fortnite Season 14 (a desire that has only materialized in recent weeks, with the abolition of the Xbox Live gold requirement for free-to-play). Spencer explained to his friend that the Live infrastructure was not yet ready, receiving in return the full understanding and anticipation of an imminent “fireworks show”. Soon, in fact, the feud between Apple and Epic Games would begin, with the removal of Fortnite from the App Store.
The exchange didn’t stop there, however, as in another email Spencer confessed that Microsoft still hadn’t given up on the idea of bringing Xbox Game Pass via xCloud to consoles other than Xbox. At the moment the cloud gaming service is available on Android and in Beta on PC and iOS for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers, so it is not yet available on competing consoles. We then found that at some point the Redmond house has really thought about expanding xCloud, but at the moment we don’t know if the idea is still alive or if it has been completely shelved.