iPhones and iPads Won’t Support xCloud Xbox Game Streaming

With the release of Project xCloud, players will now be able to play Xbox games on their mobile phone or tablet directly from the cloud. However, there is a piece of sad news for iOS users.

 

A recent explanation by Apple suggests that Microsoft’s app streaming games will not be accessible on iPhones or iPads at least in the near future. According to the iPhone developers, “Gaming services can launch on the App Store as long as they follow the guidelines that are intended to protect customers and provide a safe platform for downloading apps.”

This is where the reason for an anticipated ban lies. Any app which goes on Apple’s App Store has to be submitted individually for review and appearing in charts and search.

Whereas, Apple has confirmed that Xbox Game Pass Ultimate offers access to over 80 games which may not have been through the usual App Store approval policy. Hence, the ban.

So, is there a possibility of xCloud landing on iOS anytime soon? It might because each game would need to be re-submitted for additional review and approval by Apple and its strict policies.  However, this requirement by Apple does not seem to be encouraging for Google and Microsoft’s iOS launch plans.

For Android users, the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is set to arrive in the UK, US, and 20 other countries on September 15 at the price of $14.99 per month.

Microsoft has worked around the hardware limitations and will allow the games to run remotely in the cloud by streaming the gameplay to the mobile devices.

Further, it is not just Microsoft and Apple, who found themselves in odd situations. Google found itself struggling with Apple’s policies as well. As a result, its Stadia App is available on the Play Store but not App Store.

Again, like Microsoft’s new system, Google also offers access to a selection of games without getting them approved individually by submitting it to Apple.

Microsoft rolled out a preview version of xCloud for iOS earlier this year. For complying with the TestFlight rules of Apple, Microsoft has limited xCloud testing on iOS to only a single game, “Halo: The Master Chief Collection.”

Keeping the debate aside, if you have the subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate; you can now enjoy access to xCloud and over 100 games on day one. Make sure that your Android devices are charged to full on the 15th of September to enjoy the whole new gaming list.

Source : Game Streaming

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