Microsoft explains why "purchase capabilities" were removed from Xbox app

"Microsoft has told Stevivor why Store functionality -- specifically, 'purchase capabilities' -- were removed from the Xbox app on both iOS and Android," writes Steve Wright.

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NeoGamer23227d ago (Edited 27d ago )

It is so stupid that appstores are driving the functionality in apps.

I can go buy stuff at Home Depot, Best Buy, Amazon or wherever in app. But I can't go and buy a XB game from Microsoft because of the appstore policy.

These appstores are "taxing" digital customers unecessarily.


bouzebbal27d ago

Imagine now when retail will all close and only digital services are available.. Bye bye freedom

MatrixxGT27d ago

Exactly. All hail all digital! /s

NeoGamer23227d ago

Retail will evolve but never fully close.

I goto retail so that I can see how the actual good will look size wise, and feel. Retail becomes more like an Ikea store. You go through the store to actually see products in their functional settings. Then you move to warehouse or online to actually buy the product.

The only bad part of buying digital is these stupid appstore taxes. Hopefully the courts side with consumers and breakdown these stupid policies.

Lore27d ago

This is part of the driving force behind Epic taking Apple to court. Not enough awareness is being acknowledged in regards to how brave Epic is by standing up to them

blacktiger27d ago (Edited 27d ago )

But remember Netflix pays huge amount of money too like 30% cut! But th is is insane, eventually Bitcoin like Decentralize is the future,

hiawa2327d ago

Sounds reasonable to me. They did what they had to do..

waderae27d ago

playstation app, just boots the store in a browser, xbox should just do that?

sourOG27d ago (Edited 27d ago )

Not anymore. The new ps app has integrated store.

porkChop27d ago

I wouldn't be surprised if that's what they end up doing.

franwex27d ago

I also noticed that I cannot compare trophies or look at playtime anymore. Or at least I haven’t found it yet.

Also the feed of what all my friends are up to is gone too.

Maybe I am the minority-but I used the Xbox app as a way to engage with friends. I sometimes used it more than social media.

P_Bomb26d ago (Edited 26d ago )

I used it to keep tabs on friends too. All I see now are GS license plates I can’t interact with. That random 234567 is meaningless without being able to view/compare the achievements behind it.

They also seem to have removed community groups, the activity feed, what friends are following, my own game list lol. Digital paperweight.

SpartanYalo27d ago

I hate they took out the Achievements and the Activity Feed

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