Microsoft confirms its timeline for bringing its xCloud cloud gaming service to Apple’s iOS platform and to Windows PC. With the company saying the xcloud beta will support iPhone, iPad, and PC starting in spring 2021. Back in October, Microsoft said it was looking to bring xCloud to iOS via a mobile web app some time in “early 2021. The company says they will deliver the PC version of xCloud through the Xbox app for Windows 10.
Well, the company further says that they will take the next step in Spring 2021 in their journey to reach more players around the world. They will do so by making cloud gaming as part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate available on Windows PCs through the Xbox app and browser. Jerret West, Microsoft’s Xbox marketing chief, writes in a blog post about iOS devices through a mobile web browser.
They will add at least a billion devices as a path to playing in the Xbox ecosystem; we envision a seamless experience for all types of players. Yet, like the previous one, the xcloud beta will be bundled as part of Microsoft’s $15 a month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription. Furthermore, Microsoft says it plans to launch its cloud gaming beta through Game Pass to more markets next year, including Australia, Brazil, Japan, and Mexico.
Why is xcloud beta launching late for Ios?
Apple imposed some limitations on iOS apps and cloud services. Due to which Microsoft wasn’t able to support the iPhone and iPad when it launched xCloud in beta for Android in September. The two companies got into a public spat over whether xCloud in its current form could ever exist on the iPhone. After that, Apple said such a service would need to submit individual games for review.
By allowing cloud gaming apps to run their cloud clients on iOS so long as they still submit individual titles for review. Apple then offers Microsoft a compromise of sorts. On which the Xbox makers say such a solution is not an excellent choice for consumers. And then, the company decides to focus on a mobile web offering instead.
Other cloud gaming providers also decide to do the same. And both Google and Nvidia announce mobile web versions of their respective services last month.
What does the tech giant say?
Microsoft shares some details about the road map for its cloud gaming service. Additionally, Android devices, the company confirms that it plans to add support for more platforms. In spring 2021, Microsoft will launch its cloud gaming service on iOS and on computers. Microsoft’s cloud gaming service lets you play Xbox games on non-Xbox devices. The games run on a server in a data center near you.
You can stream the video on your device. In real-time, you can relay your interactions. Xbox cloud gaming isn’t a separate subscription. People who subscribe to the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $14.99 per month can access cloud gaming as part of their subscription. The plan also includes access to a library of games, EA Play, and Xbox Live Gold.
You will soon be able to launch a game on Xbox cloud gaming from a PC when it comes to new devices. The service will be available in the Xbox app and using a web browser. No doubt you can download games to your PC. If you are an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriber, cloud gaming is going to be particularly useful. But for people who don’t have a powerful GPU in their computer, this is going to be exceptional.
Microsoft limits its service to web browsers running on Windows computers. As for iOS, Microsoft will launch cloud gaming through web browsers exclusively due to restrictive App Store rules.
What does Apple comment on it on xcloud beta?
Microsoft does note that cloud gaming on iOS via the web will technically be a “beta” at first. But the company doesn’t give any further details. You also need to note that it is different than what’s available in the Xbox app. It allows Xbox console owners to stream games directly from their personal console.
For all the worth, Apple announces new App Store guidelines this year addressing game streaming services. The guidelines say that streaming game services are eligible to enter. But developers must submit each game to the App Store as separate apps in compliance with all procedures.
Microsoft is only the latest company to announce that its streaming game service will come to iOS via the web.
By adding over a billion devices as a path to playing in the Xbox ecosystem, we envision a seamless experience for all types of players. Whether it’s playing your Xbox friends using touch controls on an iPhone or on a Surface Pro when you have a break between meetings. You can do it all here with the new xcloud beta.
Whatever screen you choose, we want to make it easy to continue your game and connect with your friends. From Xbox Game Studios, 2021 will see the Master Chief’s return in Halo Infinite, a new brain-bending odyssey in Psychonauts 2, and some surprise.
The Xbox Series S and X are off to a great start, beating the PlayStation 5 in many markets. The beta run will be a part of the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription. Next year, Microsoft will also complete Bethesda’s absorption, taking the total number of creative team studios to 23. 2021 will also see the rollout of many titles. It includes Farcry 6, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, Rainbow Six Quarantine, Resident Evil Village, Halo Infinite, and more. Google plans to launch an iOS version of Stadia via the mobile web before the end of this year.