Sony was planning to bring PlayStation Now to the iPhone, documents from Epic v. Apple



A few days ago, a report showed that Microsoft had tried to negotiate with Apple to release Xbox exclusive games on the App Store. Now a new story reveals that the Redmond company wasn’t the only one trying to do this, as Sony also planned to bring PlayStation Now to mobile phones.

As reported by the Edge, a confidential Epic vs. Apple trial document shows Apple had inside knowledge of Sony’s plan to launch the PlayStation Now cloud gaming service on iOS and Android devices.

This document dates back to 2017, and at the time, PlayStation Now was available on PS3, PS Vita, PlayStation TV, supported smart TVs, and Blu-ray players. Suddenly Sony decided to discontinue the service on all these platforms and start offering it only on PS4 and PC devices. “Coincidence?” The wonders of Verge.

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The post also explains why Apple had this insider knowledge of Sony’s plans:

Why did Apple bring this up? It’s right in the middle of an explanation of Apple’s plan to launch its own game subscription service, Apple Arcade, which won’t be announced until two years later. At the time, Apple was preparing to target the top 30 video game studios and ask for up to “a few hundred titles” to add.

While Sony’s plan didn’t work, the Japanese company now reportedly has a Spartacus project that “bundles its cloud gaming service with a PlayStation Plus subscription, and brings original PS1 games and” possibly “PS5 games to the service. too much.” It’s unclear if Sony will bet on something similar to Microsoft’s xCloud.

Imagine being able to play some of the most popular PlayStation games on your iPhone or iPad? Maybe in the future. What do you think about this? Tell us in the comment section below.

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